Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

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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.


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About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
 
Published December 9, 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books. 178 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Not a war novel of “patriotism, all clean, pristine, antiseptic,” as Paulsen explains in his afterword, this is a vivid and graphic tale of one boy caught up in a harsh war, a side of the American Revolution not often told.

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Publishers Weekly

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Gary Paulsen, in a foreword to this collection of autobiographical essays, identifies his youthful experiences in the woods and rivers of northern Minnesota as the source for his Newbery Honor novel Hatchet (about which he receives 30,000-40,000 letters a year), and its sequel, The River .

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Publishers Weekly

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""Descriptions of light and water, of fish and wildlife, kindle in the reader a measure of the author's own complex respect for nature,"" said PW in a starred review.

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After digging the graves of each of his neighbors – a 13-year-old boy, alone with a shovel in the darkness of early evening – Samuel rests to begin his trek at dawn – a quest to find his parents, a journey that will take him to New York City, held by the British, and where the American prisoners ...

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In his author’s note to Woods Runner, Paulsen states: I wrote Woods Runner because I wanted the Revolutionary War to be seen in its reality.

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Teen Reads

In this exciting and fascinating story set during the Revolutionary War, we meet 13-year-old Samuel, whose love for the forest surrounding his family's farm combined with his talent for shooting game make him the major source of meat for his family and others in the small settlement in which he r...

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Common Sense Media

Growing up sheltered by his gentle parents, Samuel feels far from the American patriot war they have barely heard about -- until his village is attacked and burned, leaving neighbors murdered and his parents kidnapped by Iroquois and British Redcoats.

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Chicago Tribune

What makes this newest boy-survivalist book so different is the historical setting of the Revolutionary War (both on the western frontier in Pennsylvania and in New York City and Philadelphia), coupled with Paulsen's choice of interleaving fictional chapters with complementary nonfiction ones.

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The Roanoke Times

In keeping with Paulsen’s characteristic themes, the story gives a picture of the times and the ways that war affects children.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Annotated with historical notes before each chapter, Woods Runner is the story of 13-year-old Samuel, who lives on the American frontier and must face the brutal realities of the Revolutionary War.

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JPL Book Reviews

The year is 1776 and 13-year-old Samuel lives in the Pennsylvania wilderness with his parents.

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Florida Times-Union

A news release that accompanies the book states: "Paulsen wants people to understand what it was really like to live on the frontier at that time, with virtually nothing - no money, no electricity, no towns, few neighbors - nothing but your own strength."

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