Julie Buck, Dana Morgan, Jeff Petriello, Maureen Mayer
Andrew Wilson, Spencer Treat Clark, Rachel Korine, Damian Young, Armand Schultz, Lanna Joffrey
Druid Peak by Marni Zelnick
Druid Peak is a coming of age story about a troubled teenage boy who finds his place in the world tracking wolves in the wild lands of Wyoming. Sixteen year‐old Owen Wagner isn't just rebellious‐‐ he's a bully with a mean streak. Growing up in coal country West Virginia, he struggles against the
claustrophobia of small town life and the displacement he feels as the only child of his mother's first marriage. With anger he can't contain, he lashes out against school and family. But when his actions lead to the accidental death of a friend, his mother decides the only way to save him is to send him away. Owen is shipped off to live with his father, Everett Gordon, a biologist working on Yellowstone's wolf reintroduction program. At first, Owen wants no part of this new life. But on a failed attempt to escape the park, he has his first encounter with a Canadian gray wolf. The creature's deep, penetrating gaze startles him‐‐ stirring something long dead inside his own self. Sensing the first signs of change in his son, Everett encourages Owen to collect some basic data about the wolf he saw and its family pack‐‐ the Druid Peak pack. Owen's small assignment grows into a passion and his own life becomes deeply tied to the Druid Peak wolves and their struggle for survival. When a change in government policy threatens the animals, Owen must decide how far he will go to protect the wolves, his father, and the place he has finally come to call home.