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Canyons Paperback – August 9, 2011
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Coyote Runs is an Apache Boy who has just become a man, but soon after, soldiers attack his group. Coyote Runs is `executed' with a bullet to his skull. About one hundred years later Brennan is camping near Dog Canyon and finds a skull pierced by a bullet in the forehead. Brennan is mentally taken over by the skull and soon he realizes that he must take it back to its sacred resting place in Dog Canyon. Canyons is about how Brennan must use everyday skills to solve a big mystery.
One thing that sets this book aside from most of Paulsen's books is that the conflict is somewhat internal between Brennan and what the skull is telling him to do... and who to be. That's one of the concepts that I really enjoy about this book. The suspense is supreme in Canyons because even in the beginning Paulsen doesn't introduce the characters through everyday events, but through action. When Brennan is running I can feel as though I'm right with him because of the excruciating detail! However, the difficulty was low mostly because of the elementary vocabulary. The climax is well organized, but I dislike how it ends in a drop off. There is a resolution, however no note to how Brennan's life continues.
If you really enjoy a book that you can't put down because of suspense and mystery then Canyons will be a great read for you! Plus it's one of the great books where the main character is intelligent and uses everyday problem solving skills, not super powers!
When Brennan went camping, he was having a lot of fun. Then when he found the skull, he was scared. This reminds me of the time when I went camping in Canyonlands in Utah. It was a lot of fun at first, but then I got worried that the creek next to our tents was going to flood. That night in our sleeping bags, we heard the water come closer and closer. I was so scared I almost jumped out of my shorts! I felt just like Brennan did when he found the skull. When Brennan was doing research with Mr. Homesly, he was trying to find out more facts about Coyote Runs. He wanted to know who this boy was. When I was studying about the Civil War, I did alot of hard work looking into the past and trying to understand what happened. I was staying up late just like Brennan did looking at every detail. Canyons is a great book for kids. It's loaded with action, suspense and alot of adventure. I recommend it to every boy in our class
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Bought for my son and he said it was very good. He hasn't read a book in several years and said he couldn't put it down, read it right through. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Marsha Kilmer
Kiddo needed this for school, it wasn't the greatest read, but good enough.Published 2 months ago by Sara B
Good story for adults and kids. Helped my son get interested in reading . Great audio book for in the carPublished 5 months ago by M C. Rose-Walker
Great book; much rich history here. Easy reading and good character development.Published 5 months ago by Mystery Woman
This is a story of a bond that forms between Brennan and Coyote Runs. The only problem they are separated by a two hundred year span of time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by sherry alexander
one of my favorite Paulsen books.
simple story of two young men trying to reach manhood in a parallel story with a twist. Read more