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Many years ago I decided to find books that would work well for a 6th grade science class book club. I ran across this title and ordered it because I had read another book by the same author and liked it. What a wonderful surprise! This book is exactly what I was looking for in a book for my classes. I used it the first year on my list of books, but realized that it hadn't been published in a long time. Many of my students had a hard time finding the title in the library or in a store, so I reluctantly took it off of the list . I decided after that to read it aloud to my students instead.
It is well-written, as most of Gary Paulsen's book tend to be. It contains many aspects of a great story for middle school students including an internal struggle in dealing with the death of a family member. There is also the struggle between the main character and his parents when he tries to strike out on his own to follow the wishes of his uncle. Lastly, there is the struggle he has with nature to survive which is the reason I like this book for an Earth Science classroom. This book is perfect for a middle school student to enjoy!
I teach High School English to low level readers. The story was very high interest for these boy, and the readability was not too challenging. They were interested throughout. The ending elicits great discussion. Well done Paulson.
Bought this book for instructional use with middle school students. They are really enjoying it. It is well-written and provides for great discussions. This is one of the classic, well-written Paulsen novels.