Thursday, July 8, 2010

Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

While far away from home hunting one day Samuel sees smoke from the small community in the woods where he lives with his parents. When he returns he finds that all the homes have been burned and most of the people living there killed by British soldiers during the Revolutionary war. Being an expert in tracking Samuel can tell that his parents are still alive but are not prisoners of the Redcoats so he begins following to rescue his folks. Along the way he encounters many people both good and bad as well as several heroes working to help the Patriots in whatever quiet way they can. The stories we hear of the Revolutionary War usually involve big battles and famous historical figures but the reality was that average men fought this war at a great cost to themselves.

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