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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reissue edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060540966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060540968
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Those insatiable fans of Hatchet are the likeliest audience for this winter survival tale, which weds its adventure-seeking thrills to education about Dene Indian culture. Fifteen-year-old Gabe, a Texan, enrolls in a boarding school in Canada's Northwest Territories to be near his father, whose love of the wilderness has become infectious. But Gabe gets more than he bargained for when an airplane accident leaves him and his roommate Raymond, a Dene, stranded near the fierce Nahanni River at the start of a long winter. Guided by their fellow survivor Johnny Raven, a Dene elder, Gabe and Raymond learn to hunt beavers, trap rabbits and make snowshoes and mittens from animal hide. More significantly, they learn respect for ancient Dene beliefs. When Raven dies of the cold, the two boys must struggle out of Deadmen Valley on their own. Predictably sentimental, Hobbs's (Beardance) fast-moving tale nonetheless delivers breathless action and an inspiring sense of Canada's vast landscape. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up?From the compelling cover illustration to the terrifying and plausible details, this survival adventure clearly demonstrates the author's love for and familiarity with the northern wilderness. Gabe, 15, formerly of San Antonio, enrolls in a boarding school in Canada's Northwest Territories to be closer to his father, an oil field worker. Gabe's likable but depressed roommate, Raymond, is an Athapascan Indian. A map helps readers follow along as circumstances involving a plane crash leave the teens and Johnny Raven, an elder from Raymond's village, stranded with minimal supplies as winter hardens. The plotting is fast paced and action filled as the teens' cultures clash, and as they struggle against the cold, blizzards, isolation, starvation, injury, a wolverine, grizzly bear, and Johnny's death before finally reaching safety. The weakest elements of the book may be the sermonlike "testament" the boys find in Johnny's pocket after his death, and the thread of mythic raven lore that is mentioned, then given up before becoming a major element again. Quibbles aside, with echoes as old as Jean Craighead George's classic My Side of the Mountain (Dutton, 1988) and reverberations from Paulsen and Phleger, this satisfying tale will engage YAs' hearts and minds.?Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Jr. High School, Iowa City, IA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

WILL HOBBS is the author of eighteen exciting outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, Will's first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe national award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA's list of the "100 Best Young Adult Books of the 20th Century" includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver.

A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado. Visit Will's website at www.willhobbsauthor.com

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We would recommend this book for anyone looking for adventure.
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Very well done, the story is gripping and the main character is appealing.
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I thought this was very interesting and enjoyed the story very much.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jimmy on February 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you like intriguing books about wilderness and how people survive on their own, then youíll like this book about Gabe and Raymond and how they survive on their wild adventure in the Northern Canadian wilderness. This book is about Gabe and Raymond; two teenage boys fighting to survive in Northern Canada. Their plane goes off a cliff, and the pilot dies. They were starving and hadnít had any food for days. When Raymondís uncle goes out hunting for a moose he has a heart attack and dies as well. I liked this book a lot. It started out slow, but picked up quickly. I liked it because it was a good action adventure, with a lot of twists and turns. I also liked the descriptive writing of the author. My favorite part of the book was when Raymond killed a mountain sheep with an ax. I also like when the winter bear shows up and catches Gabe and Raymond in a tree.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Mozzini on May 28, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book to use in a literature unit with two 8th-grade homeschoolers, one an avid reader, and the other a very reluctant reader. The book was a hit with both! The reluctant reader even started reading ahead on his own because he wanted to find out how the story turned out. The story stimulated some great discussions on literary technique (foreshadowing, cliffhangers), social and cultural ideas, wilderness survival, making choices, and gaining maturity through adversity. There were also lots of opporunities to expand the boys' vocabulary.

We highly recommend this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Siarrapup@enter.net on February 18, 1998
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I recently read Far North for a book report assignment for school. I chose this book because I like Canada. I could not put this book down. It is such an exciting adventure story, and I would recommend this book for anyone who likes wilderness adventures. (Ryan Groth, age 14)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Far North was a great book. I've read ghost canoe but this isjust great. I like the way Will Hobbs' books are so adventurous. I like this book so much I got in trouble reading it. You should go to your local library and check this book out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 1, 2002
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This was a very intriguing book. I read it for the Battle Of The Books for our school. I didnt really want to read it, but it turned out to be a fantastic book. It talks about Gabe, a teenager from Texas that moved to a Canadian boarding school with his romate Raymond, who is from a Dene Village. I wont spoil it, but they end up crashing at Virginia falls and Johnny Raven helps them survive, for the most part. Johnny is a Dene that doesnt speak english so he communicates though actions. When you read at least the first two chapters, you will be addicted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Boone on February 5, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the best survival book since hatchet. The characters are likeable and it has a good plot. Unlike the earlier reviewer, who said they had everything to survive, they did have all the right gear, but they were not experienced outdoorsmen. They had a gun, but no ammo.(until later, and even at that they had only three bullets...) This story is realistic and enjoyable. I hope that someone wll make a movie out of it...If you are a survival/action/adventure book reader, or any book reader for that matter, I would read this book. Its educational, realistic, and a really enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Far North, an action adventure novel, was filled with many trials and tribulations. Gabe, the main character, is up at boarding school to be near his father who is working up there because of a diamond boom. But what Gabe doesnt realize is that not only will it be a struggle for him to fit in........but a struggle to survive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Missy on February 14, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is great and action packed. You never want to put it down. It has won a many awards, and I can see why. The first time I read this book, I knew I would have to read it again, and I have read it about 8 times. This book is GREAT!
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