Jim Kjelgaard - book author
an American author of young adult literature.
Born in New York City, New York, Jim Kjelgaard is the author of more than forty novels, the most famous of which is 1945's "Big Red." It sold 225,000 copies by 1956 and was made into a 1962 Walt Disney film with the same title, Big Red. His books were primarily about dogs and wild animals, often with animal protagonists and told from the animal's point of view.
Jim Kjelgaard committed suicide in 1959, after suffering for several years from chronic pain and depression.
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Jim Kjelgaard is the author of books: Big Red (Big Red, #1), Irish Red, Outlaw Red, Snow Dog, Stormy, Wild Trek, Desert Dog, Lion Hound, Haunt Fox, Fire-Hunter
This is a gripping tale of the fastest dog of them all. Tawny gave promise of being a great racing greyhound, but he found his freedom in the heat and danger of the desert. His speed and courage helped him in a terrible struggle for survival. He could cope with the most feared of desert dwellers, including a killer pack of wild dogs. But then a deadly rattlesnake laid him low -- and he needed help. He needed a great partner. Where would he find one?
Because of the odd-shaped white patch on his chest that gave him his name, and the freak six toes on his front feet, Star was a marked fox from his youngest days. And because of his growing wisdom and cunning in escaping traps and dogs, he also became known as a "haunt" fox—an elusive prize eagerly sought by every hunter in the valley. Evading pursuit was a game Star enjoyed as much as did the hounds that trailed him.
Young Jack Crowley and his foxhound, Thunder, were the youngest hunters on the "haunt" fox's trail. The climax makes a surprising ending to one of the best wild animal stories Jim Kjelgaard has ever written.