There's a brutality here that not all children will find to their taste, and modern American children are more likely to want to discuss the way Buck is treated than the way he acts. The sensibilities that drove the author and his original audience have changed dramatically since the time this book was written, and animal rights and treatment are a hot topic with children these days. "The law of club and fang" is a long way from the experience of most modern young readers, who may not agree with author Jack London's view of the whole situation. This, of course, can also prompt interesting discussions, though they may be different from what the author was thinking of when he wrote it." ~Common Sense Media
General Book Info:
Author: Jack London
Plot: Buck, a large domesticated family dog, is kidnapped and forced to work hard labor during the gold rush of the late 1800s.
Book Type: Fiction
Since this book is a classic, I had obviously heard of the book but had no idea what the book was about prior to reading the story. As the story began and progressed I was fairly certain I knew how the story was going to go - I was wrong. The read was fairly simple and straight forward and the author kept me entertained as I followed Buck's journey of personal growth and development. I would definitely recommend this book.