The Unlikely Hero: The Story of Wolf 8 (a Young Readers' Edition) (Hardcover)

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Wolf 8 is a pup in one of the first wolf packs reintroduced to Yellowstone, and this story is about how he became leader of one of the largest, most successful wolf packs in the park. Wolf 8 is the runt of the litter and is bullied his three brothers. He eventually wanders from the pack and soon finds eight young wolf pups. He plays with them, and they are having fun when mom cautiously joins them. The father of her pups had recently been killed, and she needs an adult male. Wolf 8 likes her, and she likes him. The story that follows is almost magical - especially because it is based on first-hand observations.

— Kay Wosewick


"The Unlikely Hero: The Story of Wolf 8 is the gripping and true story of a small and scrappy young wolf who became the patriarch of the most powerful pack in Yellowstone National Park. ... An inspiring read for any child who loves the natural world." --ROSANNE PARRY, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF A WOLF CALLED WANDER

"Reading Rick McIntyre's books, it's like you're out there with him, seeing what he sees." --LILLY SULLIVAN, THIS AMERICAN LIFE

The Unlikely Hero tells the action and adventure story of one of Yellowstone's most famous animals, Wolf 8: a runt of the litter who surprised scientists by becoming a powerful leader.

Newly reintroduced along with his pack to Yellowstone National Park, Wolf 8 struggles at first. Small and bullied by his siblings, he must learn to fend for himself in his new home, learning to hunt, compete for food, and even stand up to a grizzly bear 10 times his size. One day, little 8 meets an alpha female raising a litter of pups on her own. Her mate was killed by humans. Can little 8 rise to the occasion and help the young family survive? Is he ready to be an alpha wolf?

Based on McIntyre's own sightings of Wolf 8 and told in a thrilling style, The Unlikely Hero is an unforgettable adventure--and a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of wolves and a coming-of-age story for underdogs everywhere.

Book 1 in the Chronicles of the Yellowstone Wolves Book Series

Renowned wolf expert Rick McIntyre and award-winning author David A. Poulsen join forces to bring the stories of Yellowstone's most famous wolves to young readers. Based on McIntyre's award-winning, bestselling books for adult readers, and containing a wealth of scientifically sound information on wolf behavior, this series is written in an engaging style that brings the drama and intrigue of the wolves' world to life.

About the Author

Rick McIntyre has spent more than forty-four years watching wolves in America's national parks, twenty-eight of those years in Yellowstone, and has written several books about the wolves for adult readers. To learn more visit A. Poulsen is the author of twenty-seven books, many for middle readers and young adults. His young adult novel Numbers was selected for the Sakura Medal (awarded by English-speaking high school students in Japan to their favourite novel of the year). His teen/YA novel And Then the Sky Exploded was a nominee for the 2018 Ontario Library Association's Red Maple Award. To learn more about David and his work, visit

Product Details
ISBN: 9781778400223
ISBN-10: 1778400221
Publisher: Greystone Kids
Publication Date: April 16th, 2024
Pages: 120
Language: English