Parents' Guide to

Woods Runner

By Kristen Breck, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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.
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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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