Far North

Book review by
Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media
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Popular adventure-survival book kids love.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Main characters refuse the advice of an experienced old man and suffer the consequences.


A plane crash, falls into icy rivers, fights with animals. Main characters in a constant struggle to survive.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byinflatorNickelbread March 29, 2010
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 '... Continue reading
Adult Written bywinfall April 9, 2008

Great book!

This is the story of survival of 2 teen boys in the arctic-like cold after their plane crashes. Lots of excitement. I highly recommend this book.
Teen, 14 years old Written bypokekai August 31, 2011

Very good

Its a very good book with lots of details about everything the main characters see!
Teen, 15 years old Written bybaby_boy86314 February 25, 2009

a great boook

I feel that the book “far north” was somewhat touching in the way that strong friendships and family loyalty can all be disrupted or even broken through heart b... Continue reading

What's the story?

Electrifying nonstop, realistic action as two teenage boys fight to survive the winter after their plane crashes in Canada's Northwest Territories. They ignore good advice and raft through a dangerous, icy river, winding up in a valley with no available food. After they tramp through the deadly cold to hunt, a grizzly steals their game. Can they beat the incredible odds?


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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making difficult decisions. What kind of tough choices do the boys face? What kind of tough choices have you faced?

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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