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Woods Runner | [Gary Paulsen]

Woods Runner

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.
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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. Samuels 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.

©2010 Gary Paulsen; (P)2010 Listening Library

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    Lisa Valley Village, CA, United States 11-18-10
    Lisa Valley Village, CA, United States 11-18-10 Member Since 2005
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    "good but bit unlikely story"

    I enjoyed this audiobook and the narrator was very good. The issue with the story, however, is that it hinges on quite a number of coincidences in order to propel the plot, and a writer as good as Paulsen dosen't have to do that. It could have been longer and those issues could have been resolved more imaginatively. The little historical factual notes at the end of chapters serve to complement the plot and I thought they were particularly interesting. I could see how they could take away from the narrative, however, if someone was reading it, and not listening. The book contains some rather violent scenes so I would not recommend it for younger than 10 years old.

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    Anne GREENVILLE, SC, United States 08-27-12
    Anne GREENVILLE, SC, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read!"
    If you could sum up Woods Runner in three words, what would they be?

    thrilling, believable, fascinating


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was young, but strong, self-reliant, and unselfish


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Didn't want it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    Great for almost any age.

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    Vicki Hudson, FL, United States 11-26-11
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    "Students loved it and learned too!"

    Story told from a kids perspective of the Revolutionary War. Just enough gore and tragedy to keep the kids listening and engaged. Each chapter begins with brief factual information which made the story seem even more real to the kids.

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