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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reissue edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060540966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060540968
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Mozzini on May 28, 2007
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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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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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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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Very good adventure book for teens and adults. A real page-turner. My wife and I both enjoyed it very much. This is one of those "whatever can go wrong does go wrong" kind of adventures and it's never boring.
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This book would have been unbelievable had not the Indian characters been in place to help the story along. It teaches that people can survive even when the odds are against them. I like the story and plot and had to overlook minor flaws in characters and their ability, even when common sense should have warned them of trouble ahead. Sometimes youth wins in spite of stupidity.

Good book to read if you like hunting and fishing and survival in the wilderness. Very good price also!
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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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I loved this book as it was exciting and kept you on your toes. Of course I am an outdoor person and have traveled through the Yukon by car twice and could project myself into the wilderness the book tells about.
I had never read any of Hobbs books but am now going to read Kokopelli's Flute by him. Really like Kokopelli items and know I will enjoy the story.
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My 10-year-old son really enjoyed this book. He thought it was very exciting and suspenseful. He did tell me that some parts were a little scary. He would definitely give the book 5 stars. He's looking forward to reading other adventurous stories by Mr. Hobbs.
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