Jim Kjelgaard Reviews

Below are various Jim Kjelgaard book reviews, articles and interviews snipped from all over the web.

Where applicable, the book name contains a link to the book on Amazon.com. If the book is available for Kindle, it may also be read on a PC, Mac, iPad, iPod, iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Windows 7 phone (with the free Amazon app.)


--Two hunters and a hound struggle through the snow and rugged terrain of Arizona's rimrocks in pursuit of a dangerous mountain lion who shows no fear of man.
--High mountains, mesas, and canyons provide the setting for Lion Hound, a story of life in a sparsely settled area of the Rocky Mountain region. A rampaging mountain lion terrorizes the small town where Johnny Torrington lives. The young boy learns much about man and nature as he takes part in the effort to track and kill the lion. At the time this story is set, bounties were paid for mountain lions.
--Outdoor story of boy, collie and two huge bucks.
Coyote Song
--An absorbing story of man and nature in the American South west.
--Jim Kjelgaard has come up with another boy-and dog adventure story--one of his best.
--(A Kid's Review) Two Dogs and a Horse is a wonderful book. It is written so well. The illustrator is wonderful, the book is great, I rate it a 10 out of 10!!
--Actually three books in one, this book contains three unrelated stories. The first is about a dog's encounters with a wild dog who has killed the dog's owner. The second is about a wild stallion who is befriended by a boy. The third is about a dog who is believed to be a sheep-killer who is taken in by a boy.
--A biography of Geronimo, chief of the southern Chiricahua band of Apache Indians, who rose to leadership through the ranks of his tribe and plundered the Arizona countryside for many years before accepting the white man's treaty.
--"I didn't want Sue to leave me, and I lay awake nights hoping Pop would stay on his farm up in Hathaway county."
--Young Jeff takes to the open road as an itinerant peddler
--Adventures of young peddler in Pennsylvania
--Father Marquette built the 1st dwelling in what is now Chicago.
--Pere Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first non-Native Americans to see and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River.
--A lively story about beavers and some of the animals they encounter in the woods and along the streams where they live.
--A heartwarming story of a family devotion to one another and their courageous effort to make a good life in the early days of Oregon.
(available for Kindle)
--An adventure story involving Chiri, the snow dog and his trapper master. Their problem is to find and rescue a naturalist whose plane has been forced down deep in the Canadian wilderness.
--A thrilling fishing story set on Lake Superior for grades 5-8.
--Actually, the moose is only a side plot. The real story is about Pete Gant the trapper and Casimir Zluski’s daughter, Helen.
--The unusual setting for this outdoors story by the late Jim Kjelgaard is an Australian desert, time unspecified, and the principal character is Balulu.
--A young Australian aborigine finds the courage to defy tribal superstition.
--The story of Mike of champion Irish setter blood, but a runt, a misfit, and general all-round muttonhead. But he finally proves himself to be a champion after all. A book full of the magic of animal understanding and the sharp reality of wilderness life.
--Jase Mason plans to spend the summer in the wilderness with his Airedale terrier, Buckles, and his cameras in an attempt to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous wildlife photographer. While they're there, however, they experience a run-in with a well-known poacher, the Cat Bird, and, with the help of Tom Rainse, they have to track down him down and deal with a huge, renegade black bear.
--An excellent story, fresh and unhackneyed in setting and incident, with characters that convince, and so much genuine outdoor atmosphere that it is likely to give any lover of wild, unspoiled country a touch of homesickness.
--When old Ranger Fred Cramer is temporarily re-assigned to another area, he appoints young John as his replacement. John gets involved in chasing poachers, stocking trout, fire fighting, nuisance bears and a water pollution investigation and never has a dull moment in between.
--A boy discovers there are other enemies in the swamp besides the predatory animals.
--A story of a back woods and swamp region where young Andy Gates determines to make a life for himself in a region he loves.
--Frosty is a black kitten who lives in a shed in a town. His owners pay a man named Luke Trull to take Frosty and his siblings and find them some homes. Unfortunately, Luke is dishonest and instead of doing what he promised, he merely dumps the kittens in the hill country where he lives. Frosty makes his way to a meadow and learns how to survive in the wild. One night, however, Frosty is picked up by an owl and rescued by Andy Gates, a young man who is living alone in a swamp that he is trying to stock with muskrats. Frosty decides to live with Andy, and Andy enjoys Frosty's company. But then Andy finds Luke Trull spying on him, loses his temper, and hits Luke. Not being of a forgiving nature, Luke holds a grudge and sets out for revenge.
--Tom Rainse, young game warden, and his dog Smoky, who appeared in one of the author's earlier books, "A Nose for Trouble," here face a new wilderness mystery. Tom finds that strange events are taking place in a remote wilderness tract, the object of a struggle between timber interests and the advocates of a new national park.
--The further adventures of young Game Warden Tom Rainse and his hound Smoky. In this book Tom and his partner Buck Brunt are on the trail of bad guys who are creating havoc for fishermen in a wilderness area that is proposed to become a National Park. There is plenty of action and intrigue to keep the reader's attention.
--Star, the red fox, was easy to recognize because of unusual markings and a six-toed track, but his skill in eluding hounds and hunters made him a legendary creature, held in superstitious fear and respect throughout Hungry Hollow.
--Essentially, this is one long, thrilling fox hunt, through the eyes of the foxiest fox, a boy, a dog and an unsavory man. Realistic, gripping, fastpaced as the fox himself; one of the best of many well-loved animal stories from this author. Reading level: older and younger boys.
--Jim Kjelgaard, one of the most popular writers of books for older boys, is the author of "Haunt Fox." Star, a six-toed fox with a white patch on his chest, always managed to get away from his hunters and so became known as a haunt fox, For a summer and a winter, young Jack and his dog, Thunder, followed his trail. However, they, like all the other hunters, were unsuccessful. Most young readers will become so interested in this tale of a wise and cunning animal, they will be glad that he remains uncaught.
--[A fifth-graders review] Star, the red fox, was so sly and clever about escaping traps and hounds and hunters he came to be called Haunt Fox. It was easy too, to tell whenever he raided the chicken house or the rabbit pen because of his six toes on each foot. Jack and Thunder, a boy and his hound dog, were after Haunt Fox more than any other hunter. Haunt Fox was the smartest and cleverest fox that ever lived.
--Exciting, robust adventure tales based on the factual history of America's push westward. The author used historical data about the mountaineers, fur traders, trappers and hunters who explored the country. Ages 12-14.
--'Buckskin Brigade," is a series of short stories highlighting the westward expansion of America.
--The Junior Literary Guild selection for October is another book based on the romance of the frontier by a Milwaukeean--'Buckskin Brigade," by Jim Kjelgaard. In his newest book for teen age boys, Mr. Kjelgaard traces the 300 year westward push that stretched America from ocean to ocean. His collection of short stories are based on fact, and the principal characters are either real or typical. Each story features a "forgotten man' of the "Buckskin Brigade," whose efforts carried civilization farther into the wilderness. They follow in chronological order, tracing a well rounded picture of America's development from the time of the shipwrecked sailor who explored the gulf of the St. Lawrence to that of the old mountain man who first crossed the Rockies and blazed the trail to the Golden Gate. The stories are packed with action, intrigue and suspense.
--For 300 years, across 3,000 miles of wilderness, America pushed steadily westward. And always the vanguard of that movement was the buckskin brigade, lonely, nameless men who fought nature, beast and the Indians to blaze the trail for the pioneer. This book is a tribute to them and their deeds. It, tells the stories of the fishermen who landed on Cape Breton, and of the hunters who fed the Roaok Colony.
--Exciting, robust adventure tales based on the factual history of America's push westward. The author used historical data about the mountaineers, fur traders, trappers and hunters who explored the country.
--Young Dave Keller's ambition was to become as competent and devoted a game warden as was his father. But there were obstacles, not the least of which were a long waiting list and difficult qualifications. He finally makes his way to this through his efforts to show the challenge of hunting "varmints", like coyotes, to the countless hunters who were more interested in deer. If the hunters went after the varmints there would be less need for the reckless placing of poison by shepherds trying to protect their flocks. The story of Dave and his dog, Mulligan, is interesting and will hold the attention of young readers.
--Pepe, a young Mexican goatherd, courageously fights the superstitions of his uncle as well as a killer jaguar. Illustrated by Everett R. Kinstler. Ages 13 and up.
--Fiction story about a Mexican boy who must kill a tiger to save his family. His friendship with a sportsman from the United States adds depth to the exciting adventures of the story. (12 up)

--A short story by Jim Kjelgaard.
--Jabe Crane was a poacher trying to provide for his family. Ian Leish was a young game warden dedicated to his job. When their paths violently cross in the wilderness, it becomes obvious that only one of them is coming out alive. Jabe knows the critical moment will come at the fork in the trail.
--Award-winning outdoor writer Jim Kjelgaard spins a tale that combines his love of the outdoors with his admiration for the Forest Service that protects it.
--This lost short story hasn't been available in print for over 50 years, but the drama and excitement are as gripping today as they were then.
(available as ebook only)
--A short story by Jim Kjelgaard.
--Both Big Red and Danny Pickett figured that the pup was so dumb he'd have to learn the hard way; but Danny's Pappy said a man had to know more than a dog to teach him anything.
--Another buried treasure from Jim Kjelgaard, author of Big Red and other best-selling young-adult novels. This short story has been out of print for over 60 years.
(available as ebook only)
--A short story by Jim Kjelgaard
--"No time to lose youah haid, Danny," he murmured to himself. "You cain't get a thing done by flyin' off the handle."
--A sharp wind blew around the side of Stoney Lonesome, and fluttering leaves rustled. Unseen in the darkness, Red snarled fiercely and rushed, barking, into the night.
--This gripping tale, which hasn't been published in over 60 years, stars Big Red, the Irish Setter that brought fame to Jim Kjelgaard and encouraged many thousands of boys to read their first novel.
(available as ebook in UK only)
--Northern wilderness tale about a youth and his mongrel hunting dog.
--A readable history of how the Mormons settled Utah.
Forest Fugitive
--Jim Kjelgaard has come up with another boy-and-dog adventure story--one of his best.
--(Occasionally available on eBay.)
--Jim Kjelgaard had long wanted to tell the story of the gallant dogs who went out with the monks of St. Bernard Hospice to rescue travelers lost in the deep snows of the Swiss mountain passes. Unable to find the facts, he decided to reconstruct the tale as he felt it might have been. The result is this very moving story of a simple mountain boy and his devoted dog.
(also available as ebook)
--Well written story of a young boy during the Revolution and of how he got his rifle back from a British soldier.
--Thousands of land-hungry people edged the Oklahoma border that April day in 1889, awaiting the signal that would send them across! What was in store for them? Wild riding! Possibly danger. Certainly adventure. And young Alec Simpson with his twin sisters, Cindy and Mindy, was to be a part of it.
(also available as ebook)
--A prehistoric youth combats saber-tooth tigers. woolly mammoths, giant ground sloths and cave bears. For older boys.
--Fire Hunter concerns a spear-maker who is banished by his conservative tribe for experimenting with weaponry but who survives by linking up with a resourceful girl and a domesticated dog.
--A conservation and adventure story in which a young photographer showed courage and perseverance in the face of dangerous risks.
--Suspense and Danger in the Present
--Something terrible that Tawny didn't understand had happened to the one person he loved It shook his trust.
The Crust
--A Grafic Short Story - Sometimes it seems that all petty inhibitions and repressions and irritations belong to the place and not to the person. Anyhow, when you travel they don't go with you.
--In the world of man, Ulysses constantly stumbled and bumbled, but in the world of the forest he attained dignity and assurance, and opened his heart to the animal residents of the woods. Ages 13 and up.
--One of Kjelgaard's finest books (in spite of the terrible title).
--The Western Writers of America awarded the Golden Spur Award to Jim Kjelgaard for this "Best Juvenile Novel."
--A novel for young readers about an Apache boy.
--Jonathan a full blood Hawk Apache returns to his tribe after six years in the white man's schools.
--The Blue Ridge mountains bordering Virginia's plantations provide the setting for this story. Colin Campbell cultivates a friendship with Ling and Ann Stewart, whom he regards as ideal people. Then the Civil War breaks out. Colin takes up arms as did all Southerners and personal conflicts shadow his relations with the Stewarts. Kjelgaard has written an excellent historical novel.
--Wisconsin, halt-tamed and half-civilized, and tempestuous Lake Michigan along its shore, presented an exciting challenge to 18 year old Ramsay, who came from New York in the 1860s to seek his fortune. Ramsay perseveres, even when a storm wrecked the lake boat.
--Few writers have as thorough a knowledge of the Irish red setter as Jim Kjelgaard, coupled with deep love, understanding and admiration. Young readers who enjoyed his earlier yarns about the champion Big Red and his son Mike will need no urging to turn to this truly great story about still another son of the champion setter.
--Sean was a champion son of Big Red, the famous Irish setter. Sean fretted under his pampered life until suddenly he found himself all alone in the wilderness
--A boy's love for dog or horse has often been celebrated in books. Less often recorded, his love for a camel is the most important ingredient of this little known story of the Camel Corps that helped to open up our Southwest.
--Camels have had a part, small but colorful, in the opening up of the United States. A Camel Corps served in the southwest in the surveying of a wagon road from Fort Defiance to the California border. In this party was a Syrian camel driver named Hadji Ali, but better known as "Hi Jolly." In Hi Jolly!, Jim Kjelgaard recreates the story of this episode for readers 13 and up and does a good job of it.
--The story opens Bud Sloan leaving the orphanage to live with Gram and Gramps Ben Brett on their farm.
--The sensitive story of a citybred orphan boy and his love for a black fawn he found in the woods.
--A story of the snowbound Arctic and of the surprising number of birds and animals that live in its inhospitable wastes.
--Kalak was a polar bear whose ferocity and cunning had convinced the Eskimos that she was bewitched. But actually, Kalak, like the Eskimos themselves, was just struggling to find food for herself and her cubs, and to outwit the enemies that lay in wait for her everywhere. In this ruthless land where all species, from the tiny lemmings to the bears and whales and Eskimos, prey on each other just to stay alive, wits are almost as important as strength-a fact which adds greatly to the suspense of "Kalak of the Ice."
--'Smoky' Hound is Hero in New Kjelgaard Tale
--Jim Kjelgaard's newest book has everything his audience of animal loving, adventure hungry, teen age boys asks: a good dog, a half wild horse and a rousing mystery. Underlying the story is a theme which future hunters and outdoorsmen cannot hear too often, the need for conservation of our wild life.
--In this story of a gang of poachers who try to clean out the wildlife in an eastern mountain area, Kjelgaard has drawn some of the best human characterizations of his six books.
--The true hero of the story is "Smoky," a smoke gray hound, who proves his half-bloodhound ancestry by leading the game wardens and law abiding mountaineers to the poachers' hide-out.
--The mask-faced puppy was born in the Northern wilderness. When his mother, a runaway husky, was slain by the black wolf, the young dog outwitted the killer and proceeded to shift for himself -- until the day that he stepped into Link Stevens' fox trap. In the powerful, untamed husky the youthful trapper saw a future leader for his sled dogs, and he determined to win his captive's confidence.
--A dog story full of suspense
--The wilderness knows only one law--the stern, relentless, inevitable law of survival. How a dog born of that wilderness courageously met its challenge is told in this enthralling tale by the author of "Big Red" and "Forest Patrol."
--A realistic and moving story of a dog that was born wild and that eventually found his way to man.
--Boys of all ages from about 10 to 70 will find Jim Kjelgaard's 'Chiri," hero of this tale, the kind of a dog they probably dreamed of owning if, at some time in their lives, they yearned to tough it out on the traplines of the far north. Here is a dog, born in the wilds of husky and Irish wolfhound parentage, who had to make his own way or go down according to the law of fang and claw.
--Author Kjelgaard has a lot of friends in Milwaukee, where he now makes his home, though from his books and numerous magazine articles it is quite apparent that Jim's heart is in the far places where alone such stories as that of "Snow Dog" can take place. The story may seem far fetched to those who have not found out a little about the vitality and wisdom of high class northern sledge dogs, or to those who have not had the opportunity to understand the instincts which animate a courageous dog of any breed, in any clime.
--The dog "Chiri" makes his way alone in the wild from puppyhood to maturity and his final revenge upon his mortal enemy, a timber wolf, and the dog's eventual understanding that he belonged to the world of men and not the world of the wild, all go to make a gripping story indeed. Kjelgaard has the knowledge of the woods, the way with words and the high imagination which are all required to make a story of this kind ring true.
--Really three plots in one: the story of a raccoon, a superstitious tale of a "duck-footed" hound, and the story of 13-year-old Harky, his father, and the girl Melinda. The best of the book is about the coon's life and the nature background.
--Full title: Fawn in the Forest and Other Wild Animal Stories