In 2003, Alaskans fell for a lolloping, dog-friendly
wolf they named Romeo. Left without a pack, this
lone wolf found a new family among Juneau’s
domestic dogs and their owners, who became
enamored with his striking looks and friendly
demeanor. For years he remained a constant
companion to residents of Juneau and their dogs,
becoming a familiar and sociable presence in their
lives. While his unusual tale had a tragic end, his
legacy of respect and trust lives on.
Black Wolf of the Glacier tells the story of this
beloved legend through the eyes of Shawna, whose
dog becomes best friends with Romeo. While
initially afraid, Shawna ultimately learns to love the
benevolent wolf. When Romeo goes missing, Shawna
begins a determined search to find him, bringing
readers along for the adventure.
Vanasse’s heartfelt prose and Slagle’s charming illustrations
will delight Romeo’s many fans and will capture
the hearts of many more. Black Wolf of the Glacier
beautifully captures the soul of Romeo’s story and
celebrates the bonds we can form with our wild world.
Black Wolf of the Glacier is both a lasting tribute to a noble wild animal and a testament to the two-sided, ongoing relationship (with the potential capacity for good or evil) between wild animals and humans.