The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf That Made History
by Beckie Elgin

The remarkable tale of the first wolf to roam the Pacific Northwest in nearly a century. Filled with maps, sketches, and photos, this intimate account of Journey teaches us not only about wolves, but about our own relationship with the natural world.

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Book cover for Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History
“Journey’s story is one of redemption—for us and for wolves … No matter your age, you’ll enjoy this book immensely—and likely learn something along the way. I sure did!” Rob Klavins
Oregon Field Coordinator, Oregon Wild

About the Book

Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century. Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for and finally finds what he's seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you’ll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that have had a role in Journey’s quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf. Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History was created for middle-grade readers but will be appreciated by everyone with an interest in wolves and a desire to better understand these complex and essential canines.

OR-7, the Wolf also known as Journey


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“Beckie writes with a contagious passion that appeals to the young in all of us. A factual, naturalist style that only comes from having lived it...with the wolves! She is truly helping us all better understand and appreciate wildlife and the natural world and most importantly, how all the parts fit together into one complete story.”

About the Author

Beckie Elgin is a writer and registered nurse living in Southern Oregon. She received a degree in Environmental Studies from Simpson College, completed her MFA at Pacific University, and also earned an Associate of Nursing Degree. As the daughter of a zoo director, Beckie’s formative years were spent with wolves and other animals, beginning her passion for wildlife at a young age. Beckie has published many articles about wolves, which have appeared in The Oregonian, Earth Island Journal, Mail Tribune, and many more.

Visit her blog at
Beckie Elgin with wolf Akela

Resources for Educators

Educational Value

Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History is an informational text that weaves a narrative story with factual information about wolves, the environment, and the humans involved in the life of OR-7. The fictionalized elements of the book engage even reluctant readers, while the more factual sections encourage critical thinking.

Journey provides background information on a variety of subjects, including biology, history, geography, politics, and current events. Readers employ informed decision-making skills in contemplating the past and current management of wolves, as well as understanding their own thoughts about this enigmatic but controversial animal.

The book also promotes further study of wolves and other wildlife, subjects of interest to many young readers. The vocabulary presented in the book is explained in a detailed glossary. In-depth source notes provide a context for what students are reading and also helps to encourage further research. Journey includes a long list of wolf-related books and websites to explore.

Journey is a richly illustrated book, filled with photos, sketches, and maps. The visual appeal of the book, along with the fascinating true story of a four-legged hero’s journey, is one that students will enjoy and learn from.

Teacher's Guide

While Journey is a complete and detailed text that includes sidebars, source notes, a glossary, an index, and a bibliography, we chose to create a Teacher’s Guide to further the educational value of the book. This guide is organized to align with the four chapters of the text. Each section covers additional facts about wolves, related to the book’s four chapters, followed by activities and discussion questions. The guide was developed with an upper-elementary and middle school audience in mind; however, teachers can easily make adjustments to alter the content for other age groups. We hope this guide helps spark some interesting discussions and gives teachers a foundation to create their own wolf-related activities and questions.

Download the Journey Teacher's Guide

School Visits

School visits are available, both in-person and via Skype. Email for details.

About the Publisher
Inkwater Press

Inkwater Press works in close collaboration with each author to reach his or her creative dreams. With decades of traditional and digital publishing experience and hundreds of successful titles published, Inkwater offers a personalized approach that is unique in the world of cookie-cutter, online publishing.

Inkwater Press
6750 SW Franklin Street, Suite A
Portland, OR 97223-2542
(503) 968-6777
“Young readers will fall in love with Elgin’s animal-eye view of Journey, a wolf whose wanderlust carriers him across western landscapes and into human hearts. Journey teaches us about predators and their prey—and the curiosity streak and survival drive we all share.” DeLene Beeland
Author of The Secret World of Red Wolves

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