Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book: Woods Runner

Paulsen, G. (2010). Woods runner. New York, NY: Wendy Lamb Books.

Plot: The Americans are fighting in the Revolution, skirmishes with the British are happening everywhere. Thirteen year old Samuel lives with his family in a settlement on the edge of the wilderness of Pennsylvania, life has been calm but all that is about to change when news of an uprising against the British comes to their homestead. Samuel believed that the war would always remain distant, and he is shocked when British and Indian troops destroy his home and his parents are taken to New York as prisoners.  Samuel must use his hunting and tracking skills to follow their trail, meeting all sorts of characters along the way.

Genre: Historical, Adventure

Reading/Interest Level: Ages 12+

Similar Titles: My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier

Personal Thoughts: The action in this book is fast paced and the chapters are short. Historical information is twined within the narrative making

Honors/Awards: Nominated for a 2010 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award

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