Woods Runner

Book review by Kristen Breck, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 13+

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WOODS RUNNER is a worthy page-turner, just right for the reader who is ready for a gripping, informational book with some violence. The book offers meaningful characters, true adventure, helpful and interesting historical notes, as well as an epilogue and an afterword. The story doesn't go into the politics or particulars of the Revolutionary War, yet it sets a tone of learning under the action and in the author's historical notes that pepper the story. Kids will get through this book easily, though it will leave a mark on them. It would also make a good tie-in to a school study of American history.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Sad and gruesome.

I disagree with the review that says the violence in this book isn't graphic. It describes in detail what dead bodies look and smell like. It describes what happens to a face after it's owner has been scalped. It speaks of dead children and murdered parents. If you can get past the gruesomeness of this book you will find a wonderfully accurate historical fiction story describing a way of life many of us have never heard of before.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value

Book Details

  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb
  • Publication date: January 12, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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