The extracurricular activities of the middle school students in the “Backpack Club” are anything but ordinary! Fueled by their curiosity, love of science, and an extraordinary backpack, they travel through time searching for answers their science class can’t provide.
Near-peer audio readings are by a high school student, B. Fannin.
The story has been divided into 14 pages. Click on the Tabs below to view the pages.
Summer, Jace, and KT looked on as their classmates rushed and pushed each other along the walkway to get to the next enclosure. Walking backwards ahead of the crowd, the zookeeper, Claire, yelled over the chaos, “Ok, we’re going to go to the right at the fork. Next stop, the grey wolves!”
When the group made it to the enclosure, she pointed out the six wolf pups that were romping in the grass. Claire explained that the last litter of pups born at the zoo had been placed in a program to re-introduce grey wolves into areas with over-hunted populations.
At this explanation, some students started talking over each other, yelling questions to Claire: Why are wolves hunted? Where did the wolf pups go? Why are the wolves being re-introduced? Don’t wolves eat deer?
Claire raised her hands to silence the students. “One at a time, please!” She pointed at Jace, indicating that he should ask his question first.