Title Profile & Character Information

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Annotation
"Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm - and into Edgar's mother's affections." "Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires - spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward."--BOOK JACKET.

Awards
2008  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2009  Indies' Choice Book Award

Characters
NameSawtelle, Edgar
GendersMale
 Male
TraitsMute
Grieving
Mute
Grieving

GenreFiction
Adventure
    --Survival
    --Survival
Coming of age
TopicsFarm life
Farmers
Family relationships
Dogs
Human nature
Human-animal relationships
Human-animal communication
Uncles
Loss
Grief
Wilderness survival
Farm life
Farmers
Family relationships
Dogs
Human nature
Human-animal relationships
Human-animal communication
Uncles
Loss
Grief
Wilderness survival
SettingWisconsin
Wisconsin