Jack London’s Dog

cover_JackLondonsMomsChoiceAwardWith the publication of Call of the Wild in 1903, Jack London became the most popular author in America. This story is a remembrance of his time in the 1897 Yukon Gold Rush and the dog that was his friend there. This dog, whose name was also Jack,was the model for Buck in Call of the Wild. Our story imagines what might have happened to the dog who was left behind, and what adventures he might have. It’s memory… the man remembers the dog, the dog remembers the man. Barry Moser, the accomplished and imaginative illustrator, is doing the wood cut images for this book.

Publication date – September 2008


  • Mom’s Choice Award
  • Best Books Award Finalist

When this book came out, in 2008, Author Dirk Whales was invited to be the Birthday Speaker at the Birthday Party for Jack London in Oakland at Jack London’s Square. After that reading, he was invited to become a member of the California Writer’s Club Berkeley Branch, founded by none other than Jack London himself. Whales is the only member of this Club who lives in New Mexico.


Review: William Chown – 11 Years old – Traverse City, Michigan

My name is William Chown and I’m a fifth grader at Old Mission Peninsula School. I’m eleven years old. “Jack London’s Dog” is a very exiting book about a dog named Jack up in the Klondike who becomes known as the “Avalanche Dog.” I like this book a lot because in a lot of places there is the danger that someone will die, sometimes even Jack. One of my favorite parts is when a huge avalanche happens while they are on the side of a mountain and and they move sideways toward a village where they are asked for help from a woman who has lost a child in the avalanche. Jack and his companion, Jake Jamison, help her find the child. I like this part best because in my opinion it is the most exiting part in the book. This is a book I think my friends at school would like, too.


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