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"Set during the American Revolution, Paulsen's (Hatchet) slim novel candidly and credibly exposes the underbelly of that war. Sam is a skilled hunter with an instinctive knowledge of the western Pennsylvania forest — a 'woods runner.' When word of fighting between the British and the colonists reaches his family, the 13-year-old realizes that his life will change ('The loud outside world his parents had escaped by moving to the frontier had found them'). It is a brutal change: Sam returns from a hunting expedition to find houses in their settlement burned to the ground and the scalped bodies of neighbors. His harrowing quest to locate and rescue his parents — taken prisoner by the culprits, British soldiers aided by Iroquois — involves a nearly fatal run-in with a tomahawk-wielding native; a narrow escape from marauding Hessian mercenaries; and a fortuitous encounter with a Scottish tinker who's a spy for the patriots. Paulsen fortifies this illuminating and gripping story with interspersed historical sections that offer details about frontier life and the war (such as technology, alliances, and other period information), helping place Sam's struggles in context. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Lawn Boy, The Amazing Life of Birds, and Mudshark.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385738842
Author:
Paulsen, Gary
Publisher:
Wendy Lamb Books
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Historical / United States / Revolutionary Periods
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary Periods
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.31x5.91x.77 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 176 pages Wendy Lamb Books - English 9780385738842 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set during the American Revolution, Paulsen's (Hatchet) slim novel candidly and credibly exposes the underbelly of that war. Sam is a skilled hunter with an instinctive knowledge of the western Pennsylvania forest — a 'woods runner.' When word of fighting between the British and the colonists reaches his family, the 13-year-old realizes that his life will change ('The loud outside world his parents had escaped by moving to the frontier had found them'). It is a brutal change: Sam returns from a hunting expedition to find houses in their settlement burned to the ground and the scalped bodies of neighbors. His harrowing quest to locate and rescue his parents — taken prisoner by the culprits, British soldiers aided by Iroquois — involves a nearly fatal run-in with a tomahawk-wielding native; a narrow escape from marauding Hessian mercenaries; and a fortuitous encounter with a Scottish tinker who's a spy for the patriots. Paulsen fortifies this illuminating and gripping story with interspersed historical sections that offer details about frontier life and the war (such as technology, alliances, and other period information), helping place Sam's struggles in context. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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