A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Main characters refuse the advice of an experienced old man and suffer the consequences.
Violence & Scariness
A plane crash, falls into icy rivers, fights with animals. Main characters in a constant struggle to survive.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that realistic action and punchy writing keeps the story zinging along. This is a popular adventure-survival book kids love.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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