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Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Book Summary

In 1776, 13-year-old Samuel finds that his house has been burned down by British soldiers. He sets out to find his parents, but his journey is a tangle of Rebels, Patriots, Iroquois, and others who are helpful or helpless.
Woods Runner book cover
Woods Runner

Book Review

The fictional narrative alternates with short nonfiction updates about the American Revolution. Parts of the story are graphic and disturbing - it's not gratuitously bloody, but innocents and family members are killed. The plot moves quickly and the writing is compelling. Many readers will find this to be an accessible gateway to historical fiction.


Topics and Themes for this book:

  • The Revolutionary War
  • Growing Up
  • Resilience
  • Being Helped; Helping Others
  • Outdoor Survival

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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