Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

"He was not sure exactly when he became a child of the forest."

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Summary: Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston. But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City.

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; 164 pages.


Kris said...

I can't think of a book I've read recently that better portrays the isolation and danger of the North American wilderness during the time of the American Revolution. Not for the faint of heart, but a great read!

Richie Partington said...

Unknown said...

As Kris said, it's definitely not for the faint of heart. The book does an excellent job of portraying the random violence of war and I expect it was an accurate depiction. The somewhat happy ending seems too sudden and contrived after all the suffering that happened before, but it was a relief to see something good come out of that horrible experience. I think the book has limited appeal, though.

Anonymous said...

Well written, but limited appeal.