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Tracker Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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The value of life is the theme of these two rugged novels, the first a coming-of-age tale revolving around a deer hunt, the second a collection of interspliced stories contrasting a celebration of the human spirit with glimpses of the dehumanizing forces of war. Ages 9-13; 12-up.
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About the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689840888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689840883
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,506,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on October 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
The book is about a boy whose parents died when he was little so he has to live with his grandparents on a farm. The boy and his grandfather always go deer hunting together every year. This year though they cannot go together because his grandpa has cancer. When the boy goes hunting he sees a deer and tracks it. Then he finds that he cannot kill it so then he thinks that if he could just touch it, it would heal his grandpa. Does it heal his grandpa? Does he even touch the deer? Read the book to find out. I really liked this book because I love being outdoors. On a scale from 1 to 10 I would rate this book an 8.
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Format: Hardcover
The story of Tracker is a very good one and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good heartwarming book. The plot of this book has to do with a boy who has to deal with the fact that his grandfather is dying and that he has already lost all his other family except his grandmother. He is a simple boy and lives in the country and has many chores but still has to go to school like every other kid. He has to haul out the manure from the cows with their team of horses when he sees this doe. Now normally when he sees a deer this close to deer season they are spooked and run away but this one is not afraid and just sits there and looks at him and he can't figure out what is so different about this deer. Of course like any boy his age he will go deer hunting but this year is different, this year he will have to go by himself instead of with his grandfather for support. He polishes his rifle the night before and has his place he is going to hunt all picked out but he don't know how great of a journey it is going to be. He goes out and his spot is perfect because the deer come fleeing out of the timber from the predators that try to kill them. He gets up in the cold winter morning early in the morning and does all his chores. He loves the smell of the cows and all the good things a farm kid enjoy. He gets done and goes out. He sees the same deer that he saw earlier and tracks her for a very long time and when he finally gets there. Well, you will have to just wait and see for yourself. But like I said earlier this book is good for anyone. Boys, girls, older people, younger people, everyone can see the goodness of this story once they read it and get the true meaning of what Gary Paulsen wanted us to get from this story.
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"Tracker" is bound to be a disappointment to those who admire Gary Paulsen's best fiction, like "Hatchet." The idea at the heart of the novel is complex: can the adolescent John Borne somehow deflect his grandfather's death by an almost surreal pursuit of a doe he sets out to hunt for meat? This is a tale that might make a short story, but "Tracker" feels padded out by long, repetitious stretches of descriptive prose. A better choice is John Gardner's "Stone Fox," another story about a grandfather laid low by illness and a boy who must manage on his own. In both books, there is a kind of magical thinking about death, but "Stone Fox" is not only a better read, but a more approachable "take" on adolescents struggling with the idea of the mortality of people they love.
M. Feldman
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Gary Paulsen once said that certain stories, like certain songs, will be so loved that they must be played over and over again. Tracker is such a story. It is the story of every person who remembers growing up, remembers believing that certain well loved people and places will remain forever. Paulsen traces the path that every heart must take in coming to terms with death. And he traces it with intuitive grace and honesty. Tracker is one of the purest, simplist of stories. When we are very young and have not been confused by disappointment or betrayed by lies, we see and accept the truth, no matter how difficult, no matter how heart breaking. This is a story to be saved, and read again.
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Tracker is a critically acclaimed novel by Gary Paulsen, the author of Hatchet. The story revolves around a kid named John Borne who every year hunted with his grandfather to put meat on the table.This year, his grandfather is dying and he must hunt alone. When he had many chances to shoot a doe, he realizes he can not shoot her. I would recommend this novel for several reasons.

One reason I would recommend this book is because John does not shoot the doe, which shows that he is caring. I like how he loves the doe. I know he loves the doe because in the text it said “He must own-love-touch the doe”. That means he loved her. Throughout the novel, John astonishingly displays a big heart. Hunters often conjures up images of blood and death. Even though John hunts, he does so with care as he allows these animals to survive. This goes against the basic point of hunting and against tradition. Love, it seems, can conquers culture and tradition. And that is powerful.

Another reason I would recommend this book is because John was kind. Kindness is caring. In the story John says, “If I do my chores quickly, my grandfather would not have to do the chores”. That means he is caring for his grandfather because he is sick. Most people are told to do chores, but John is willing to complete his chores without anyone asking him to do so. His motivation is that he cares about his grandfather.

I would recommend the Tracker especially to people who like happy endings.Written by Isaac.
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