White Pine: My Year as a Lumberjack and a River Ra...
White Pine
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Historical Fiction

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Age at time of review - 12
Reviewer's Location - Dallas, Oregon, United States
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In the book White Pine, Caroline Akervik tells about how Sevy Andersen must work at a lumberjack camp to help supply his family with money they need to buy a farm and land of their own. This historical nonfiction story is set in the past and moves from Eau Claire to a lumberjack camp in the North Woods.

The story begins when fourteen-year-old Sevy Andersen has to work at a lumberjack camp in the North Woods. He goes to help his family make money to buy a farm and land of their own. Sevy makes a mistake that almost injured and killed some lumberjacks. Sevy cuts down a rotten tree, and a widow maker from the tree falls on him. He then enters a burling contest and if he wins the prize money from the burling contest his family might have enough money to buy their own farm and land. Do you think Sevy will be able to make a lumberjack’s pay to help his family buy a farm and land of their own? Read White Pine by Caroline Akervik to find out.     




I greatly recommend the book White Pine. I really liked this book because it has lots of action and suspense. An example of action in the book is when Sevy enters a burling contest and has to work hard to stay in the contest.

There are different parts in the book where Sevy is in danger or puts other people in danger that you really want to keep reading to find out if Sevy can survive being a lumberjack in the North Woods. I liked how there was suspense in the book like when a widow maker falls on Sevy and knocks him out. Another example of the suspense in the book is when Sevy gets frostbite on his feet and his toes might fall off.

One thing I didn’t really like about the book is that I wished it was a little bit longer. I would rate this book 5 stars out of 5 stars and I would highly encourage readers between the ages of 11 and 13 to read this book.       




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Content rating - some mature content

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There was some more mature language in the book and that is one reason why I would say you should be about 11-13 to read this book.




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