Woods Runner
Woods Runner
Woods Runner
Gary Paulsen
Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Samuel, a thirteen year old boy, lives on the frontier of Pennsylvania with his parents. One day, Samuel was out hunting and he saw smoke above the trees about where his village was located. He thought it was his neighbor, but he thought wrong. It was a group of attackers. They had burned down every cabin in his settlement plus more. They had killed everyone, except a few prisoners, including his parents. Samuel is terrified as he tries to find his parents. Once he catches up to them, a very small war starts and it is right in between him and his parents.

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