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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Danny Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2010: "A superb reflection on the nature of war."

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kitty | 2/10/2014

    " Woods Runner is a remarkable and unforgiving tale. It opens a new perspective on the Revolutionary War and, as a matter or fact, all the wars in history. It teaches you little-known facts and truths not told in our history books and plunges you into a harsh world where even children are rarely given any mercy. The format of the book is quite new to me (Gary Paulsen wrote the chapters and in between them are bits and pieces of facts to know.) I liked it, but I don't think every author should do it. Overall, the book is short but packed with so much action, emotions, and thoughts. It's quite overwhelming. It's spectacular and a great read for young adults transition to more matured books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/2/2014

    " Woods Runner written by Gary Paulsen is a historical fiction novel based at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. A thirteen year old Samuel returns home from a hunting trip to find his parents have been taken captive and all of his neighbors have been murdered by British soldiers and paid Indians. Samuel instantly decides he will rescue his family at any cost. He will spend the next few weeks tracking the captors and in the process gain a scar on his forehead from an Indian Tomahawk, meet some friends who are intending on enlisting in the Rebel troops, meet a very welcoming family that is promptly murdered by Hessians, gains a sister-Annie, and meets a subversive old man all on is way to New York City to rescue his parents. Samuel shows great growth, intelligence, adaptability, and courage for a thirteen year old boy. Paulsen adds historical information at the end of each book such as what actually happened to captives of the British and military information about both sides of the war. The only illustration of this novel is the cover, the image is only dark shadow and bright orange, it is a beautiful contrast that draws the eye in and invites the viewer to investigate the image. The illustration is a wonderful foreshadowing of the book in which the silhouettes of trees and a male figure carrying a long barreled rifle is back lit by a fire. In the novel Samuel never actually came upon a large fire but figuratively the fought fire throughout the book, the immensity and near futility of fight the British is like fighting a fire with only a gun. I recommend this novel for 5th-6th graders due to the more violent images in the book. I think that older elementary school guys would like the historical facts as well as the action that never stops coming throughout the novel as a free-choice read. This is a fantastic historical fiction and i give it 5 of 5 stars. Paulsen has again demonstrated his ability to make his characters and scenes come to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Juan Bellvis | 1/25/2014

    " The book is a reale good book . Because there are a lot of aventure . Is about a kid who live in the forest . He do things in the forest there are a lot of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mslogar | 1/17/2014

    " My 12 year old son is a "lazy" reader, but hand him a book by Gary Paulsen, and he'll read it! "

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