Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

Short historical fiction piece about the frontiersmen’s experiences during the Revolutionary War. Main character gets a lot of lucky breaks along the way. Enjoyable, but not too deep. Just enough fighting & gore to keep the interest of middle grade boys.
Unfortunately, now that they’ve changed the FL curriculum, I don’t know of any middle grade Social Studies teacher who could use this in the classroom for American History. This could be too graphic for elementary – there’s a scene where the farmers have been scalped and Samuel talks of the man’s face sagging since there’s no skin to hold it together. Children are murdered as well. Shootings and stabbings, etc.

Grades 6-9

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fan created book trailer


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