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Far North

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Popular adventure-survival book kids love.

Book Will Hobbs Adventure 1996
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Based on 1 parent review

age 10+
When I was reading this book, I thought that I was having a deja vu...many, many times over. Everything in this book seemed to happen twice. There was no 'climax' to the story, everything was expected and I remember poking fun at the fact that the most exciting thing that happened was violence towards a sheep (and that's one of the only things not repeted). The characters situation isn't at all relatable, either, or realistic for that matter. It's a slow read, I must say, but people interested in books with survival skills and wilderness may enjoy it.

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The breathtaking action in FAR NORTH never lets up, and the locations in the book really exist, including the cabin in Deadmen Valley. Gabe and Raymond don't rebel against authority, but they do make poor decisions. Anxious to avoid spending the viciously cold six-month winter in a sod teepee, they ignore the advice of an experienced elder and build a raft and sail off down the river, losing most of their food. However, they come to their senses and realize that the old man represents their only real chance for survival -- even though they can barely communicate with him.

Throughout their adventures, the two boys realize that their growing friendship means as much to them as their lives do. When they make it to safety, they honor Johnny Raven by speaking at a potlatch given in his memory. The story unites not only the two boys in friendship but also the younger and older generations. The book's length may intimidate reluctant readers at first, but once they start they'll enjoy it.

Book Details

  • Author: Will Hobbs
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publication date: January 1, 1996
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 14
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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