Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.
But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City.
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2010: "A superb reflection on the nature of war."
NOMINEE - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
NOMINEE - IRA Teachers' Choices
NOMINEE - Rhode Island Teen Book Award
NOMINEE - New York State Charlotte Award
NOMINEE - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
WINNER - NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies
NOMINEE - South Carolina Children's Book Award
Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Lawn Boy, The Amazing Life of Birds, and Mudshark.