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My grandsons and I love reading Gary Paulsen, but this book didn't quite work for us. Most of it was taken up with nostalgic descriptions of the old farm, farming procedures and house, with very little actual story.
My wife and have been delighted reading other Gary Paulsen books to our 9-year-old. While "The Winter Room" was satisfied for us adults, our son was quickly bored. Paulsen does a wonderful job activating all five senses as he creates his scenes, and his parents were being drawn into the story and historical setting. But our boy needs a good deal more action. My guess is that a girl may find it more interesting.