Forest of Wolves

Forest of Wolves

Book No.
Cherith Baldry[2]
Date Released
January 7th, 2014[3]
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Additional Information

Forest of Wolves is the fourth book of the Return to the Wild series.[4] It is unknown who the bear on the cover is, but it could be Toklo, Aiyanna or Chogan. The title refers to the fact that the setting is in a forest, with the bears are pursued by a pack of wolves throughout the book.

The Blurb

In the mountains at last...
After a harrowing journey toward Toklo's home in the mountains, the four bears finally arrive. Toklo is thrilled to be surrounded by familiar sights and warm memories of his cubhood.
Yet Toklo's homecoming has come at a price. Yakone is dangerously ill, having lost part of his paw in a flat-face trap, and Kallik is wracked with guilt that Yakone's decision to join her on this quest might cost him his life.
As the struggling polar bears feel the pull to return to the ice and Toklo begins thinking about a life in the mountains, Lusa is left to wonder where she belongs. Is she ready to find her own way if it means leaving her friends — the only family she has left?

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Detailed Plot Summary

The book begins immediately after the events of River of Lost Bears, where the Seekers have just narrowly escaped a pack of coyotes; they are on a firesnake full of `pebbles`, possibly coal. Yakone is still terribly weak and injured from the bear trap, with two toes missing and the wound still bleeding and carrying infection. Lusa and Kallik are the most concerned about him, but Toklo is too focused on the fact that the firesnake is heading the direction of his birthplace. After the firesnake stops, the bears have to rush to hide from flat-faces, who are examining the snakebeast. The four hastily get on, Yakone struggling to keep up due to his injury. On the next stop, they get off the firesnake as it is close enough to Toklo's birthplace for them to get off. Yakone begins to get progressively worse, and the bears learn from a grizzly called Maniitok of a pack of wolves and an old grizzly who are both terrorizing the woods. Lusa worries about Yakone and is also afraid that Kallik will make herself sick if she doesn't get rest.
Toklo goes and meets a secretive she-bear who tells him to stay off her territory. Toklo is upset that he can't see Tobi's burial mound which is on the she-bears territory. That night Kallik dreams of her mother and Nanuk. They tell her they can end Yakone's suffering. When Kallik realizes what they mean she tells them she will fight them for Yakone. In the morning Lusa wonders if she could find something stronger than the forest herbs for Yakone. She climbs a tree and sees a flat-face denning area; she thinks that their medicine will work much more then herbs, and cure Yakone. Lusa runs to Toklo and Kallik and tells them she saw a patch of herbs some way off and that she will be back in two days. Toklo and Kallik reluctantly let her go while she starts off toward a healing den, to find out more.
Lusa reaches the flat-face denning place and struggles to find a way into the healing den.  When she tries all day and all night, Ujurak comes and tells her to sleep.  Lusa returns a day late, bringing back a flat-face pouch instead of herbs.  There she reveals that there was no herb valley and she was really going to a flat-face denning area.  The bears open the packet and find two containers of medicine: a bottle of pills, and a tube of ointment. They make Yakone eat some of the pills, and apply ointment to his infected wound.  
Toklo watches Lusa steal honey from a beehive and tastes it. He finds it sticky, and wants to go on and hunt. They encounter the same she-bear who told Toklo to stay off her territory. Toklo tells her that he was born in the forest, but left to go on a long journey. The she-bear reveals that her name is Aiyanna and that she lost her mother, just like Toklo. Toklo wants to sneak onto her territory and find Tobi's burial mound, but he decides not to. On the way to look for prey, they find two brown bear cubs. The smaller one falls in a stream, and Toklo pulls her out. 
Yakone makes a speedy recovery, but still refuses to leave the den. Kallik becomes frustrated and worries that he won't be fit to travel.  When Lusa overhears Yakone talking in his sleep, she realizes that he's afraid he'll be too slow. Later, he refuses to eat because he thinks he doesn't deserve food if he can't hunt. Lusa tells Toklo to hide, and tricks Yakone into thinking Kallik is trapped under a rock that fell on her. Yakone finally gets out of the den and goes to save Kallik, only to find that she was safe all the time. 
Now that Yakone knows he can walk, he starts to practice walking and jumping. Kallik encourages him when he feels he doesn't have enough time to get stronger. Kallik is thrilled to hear that there is snow on top of the mountain ridge. That night, they are attacked in their den by wolves. Yakone fights bravely in spite of his fear that he wouldn't get stronger. Kallik decides to leave Toklo and Lusa and take Yakone up the mountains to where the snow is. 
Unbeknownst to the white bears, Lusa follows them a short way out of the forest, not feeling ready to let them go yet. Kallik feels they did the right thing coming up to the peaks.
Lusa and Toklo hear wolves one night, attacking another bear. They rush to help and find out it's Old Grizzly. They try to fight off the wolves, but Toklo is forced to put Lusa into a tree. Aiyanna comes to help, showing Toklo that they need to attack the leader of the wolf pack. The bears successfully chase off the wolves, but Old Grizzly refuses to be grateful, believing Toklo and Lusa are stupid for entering his territory. Old Grizzly is revealed to be named Chogan, and Toklo has a dream the next night, realizing that it was Chogan who chased him, Oka, and Tobi off his territory.
Yakone's paw has stopped hurting, and as he and Kallik chase a mountain goat, they run into a brown bear and her cubs. She stops them from following the goat into her territory.
Lusa watches the two cubs she met by the stream, Fala and Flo, learn to stalk prey and avoid wolves from their mother, Makya. She bumps into Aiyanna and tells her about how Chogan drove Toklo and Tobi away, and reveals that Tobi's burial mound is on Aiyanna's territory. Aiyanna gives Lusa three eggs to share with Toklo, to prove her friendship.
Toklo decides to confront Chogan about driving him and Tobi away. 
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Polar Bears

Grizzly Bears

Black Bears


  • It is rumored that the figure from Toklo's past mentioned in the blurb may be Shoteka, because he promised Toklo revenge in Great Bear Lake.[5]
    • This was later revealed untrue; the figure is really Chogan, Toklo's father.[6]
  • Toklo might have a crush on Aiyanna since his last sentence in The Forest of Wolves is , " And Aiyanna will be waiting for me."
  • Lusa mentions that she remembers when coyotes tried to drag her out of a tree, when in fact they were wolverines, not coyotes.


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  2. Revealed in Forest of Wolves Dedication
  3. Revealed at
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  5. Revealed in Great Bear Lake, page 273
  6. Revealed in Forest of Wolves, page 153

Seekers Books
The Original Series The Quest BeginsGreat Bear LakeSmoke MountainThe Last WildernessFire in the SkySpirits in the Stars
Return to the Wild Island of ShadowsThe Melting SeaRiver of Lost BearsForest of WolvesThe Burning HorizonThe Longest Day
Mangas Toklo's StoryKallik's AdventureLusa's Tale

Forest of Wolves Chapters
Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23Chapter 24Chapter 25