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When working as a middle school librarian, I surveyed the teachers and asked which book most reached them when they were in middle school, one they would continue to recommend today, which led to a display those books in the library. Which one checked out the most? Jack London’s Call of the Wild, which is available online, along with many other books by the author at www.gutenberg.org. (Choose Browse Catalog to find it.)

Jack London Mural, Oakland, CA ©Author Adventures

Head to Jack London Square in Oakland to get acquainted with the life of this exciting and adventurous author. Start by reading about it on the Oakland Wiki at http://oaklandwiki.org/Jack_London_Square. His “watering hole” is there, but not open to the under-21 set. All, however, can soak in the giant mural on the side of the “Rendezvous” building, read several plaques about the place and peer inside the cabin window.

While on the road, have a passenger read aloud the The Free Lance-Star story of Eddie Albert and friends’ journey when they traveled to the Far North to find Jack London’s cabin. It may be the most memorable story on our site, especially if you have any questions about spitting in the wind.

Read more at Alaska and Northern California.

Jack London’s cabin in Oakland is the fifth stop on our Northern California Trail!

Patricia Smart