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When Brennan finds the skull of an Apache boy killed more than a century ago, he tries to return the skull to an ancient burial ground. 2 cassettes.
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Published August 1st 1991 by Bantam Audio Publishing (first published January 1st 1990)
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Canyons was an exciting and excilerating book. The author's style of dividing the book into two at the begining of the novel gives the reader a better understanding of the two main characters. The characters have a clear connection with each other. The author covers ordinary themes like frindship in a book as extra-ordinary as Canyons.
The Short and Sweet of It
Coyote Runs takes his place as a man among the Apache as he goes on his first raid. Over one hundred years later, Brennan Cole goes on a camping trip where he finds a skull which begins a journey connecting him to the past.

A Bit of a Ramble
I first read this book way back in the early 90s, and I fell in love. I may not have remembered the story, but I still remember the feeling I had after reading, that hard to explain sinking feeling. Not "sinking" like bad, but sinking...more
This book absolutely blew my mind!

I picked this up for an assignment in a class of mine, and I did not expect to fall so fully in love with it. Not only is it a great learning tool for children, but it's a great story in and of itself!

The book follows two different fourteen-year-old boys: Brennan (present day) and Coyotes Run. They are the same age, but lived in different times in completely different ways. The contrast is incredible as you watch Coyotes Run want to become a 'man,' and Brennan s...more
William Young
I thought the book “Canyons”, by Gary Paulsen was a very good book. In the beginning of the book it tells about a young indian boy named Coyote Runs. He goes on a raid with other members of his tribe and they get attacked by soldiers. Coyote Runs goes up to a canyon and is killed by the soldiers. Brennon, a young modern day boy, goes camping at the canyon where Coyote Runs was shot. He finds a skull and learns that it is Coyote Runs and he goes on a journey to return the skull.

Coyote Runs is a...more
"A deft and thought-provoking adventure novel." - Book list. "Canyons" is another great book by Gary Paulsen but it wasn't my favorite because it takes a while to get to the good part. I recommend Canyons to anybody in middle school and up. In Canyons there are two stories going on, one is about a apache boy who is going on raids to prove he is a man but he doesn't get to prove he is one for a long time... The main story is in modern time and is about a boy named Brannan. Brannan is a teenager w...more
I thought that this book had a good story. I never really wanted to put the book down. I thought what the author did with the last part of the book was pretty cool. What he did was he kind of distracted you with tons of details about the story, and then some action happens and throws you off track. The only reason I rated this book three stars was because their was some mild swearing with the main character. Also, the author put some real thought and effort in the first part of the book, put squ...more
Paulsen is normally a good writer. I'm not sure what was going on in this book. While I enjoy many of his tales, this one just didn't do it for me and the writing was kind of haphazard.

The story tells the tale of two different boys. One is Coyote Runs who has been invited to his first raid and takes place a little bit in the past while the Apache nation roamed the area. It is during this raid that he faces danger and so affects Brennan, the boy in the future's life. Brennan is a mostly self suff...more
Paulsen chooses interesting topics to write about, and he writes well. This particular story offers interesting look at the historical relationship between the Apaches and Calvary soldiers a century or so ago, which in itself is a bit chilling, and how a modern-day boy connects to the past. The fate of the Apache boy, Coyote Runs, is frightening, but Brennan's connection with him is fascinating, as is his own self-discovery. You can relate to the emotions of both boys—fear, elation, desperation,...more
Ray Ziemer
Gary Paulsen's "Canyons" appealed to me for a number of reasons: First, I am always on the look-out for good young adult fiction to help me understand the higher end of the genre. Second, it takes place in the Southwest - the desert of the ElPaso region, to be exact. Also, it is partly historical novel dealing with Native Americans. And maybe most important, a significant element of the book is the mysterious, supernatural connection between the modern protagonist and the historical Apache boy w...more
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I decided to give this book 5 stars because it is a Gary Paulsen story that I really liked. Paulsen's humor which I found lacking in the Brian trilogy is evivdent here. I found Brennan more likeable than Brian who is too stoic for my tastes. Brennan has a keener sense of humor and is more connected to people. Brian is way too much of an island. After the bias I found in The Woodsrunner I was pleased to that the protrayal of Coyote Runs came across as an honest one.

Some quotes:

"...the instant whe...more
Cait Grace
The author, Gary Paulsen, didn't win four Newbery Awards for nothing. The book is just another example of his amazing writing skills.

Though best known for his famous Hatchet series, the Canyon feels no less real. The story line is an odd one -- divided between these two separate time zones of boys living "worlds" apart. Brennan is somehow drawn to this skull and can't get it off his mind until he does what it "wants" -- and takes the skull home to rest. But it changes school-boy Brennan and he n...more
This book was really good. I thought I might not like it at the start because it went from two different characters, but the characters were explaining their lives and giving background to what would come into a really good adventure. I also liked how the main character, Brenan, is a strond caharacter though also sometimes foolish. What's more, it never bored me. It kept me reading from the very first page.

I would definitly reccomend it, especially if you like some historical fiction.
Hilary Lemon
Required Author - Gary Paulsen

I love Gary Paulsen. In fourth grade, I read Hatchet and Brian's Winter and thought they were fantastic. And they were. Something about Canyons, though, didn't rub me the right way.

In Canyons, Brennan Cole discovers a skull which, unbeknownst to him, belongs to Coyote Runs, a young Apache boy shot by American soldiers a century before. The book features a sort of supernatural connection between Brennan and the skull, which I found a little off-putting and atypical o...more
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Canyons by Gary Paulsen
Rating: **
Bookshelves: ENGL 420
Status: Read in November

This book was a quick read, alternating between two boys close in geographical location but divided by over one hundred years. Brennan discovers a love for history when he brings home a skull of Coyote Runs, a young Indian boy executed by Union soldiers. Coyote Runs connects spiritually with Brennan, guiding him to a secret place so Coyote can finally be laid to rest. This supernatural el...more
William Lui
THis books has a plot that is sort of interesting but it gets confusing because its like two stories being told at the same time and you forget what happens in one story when you read the the other story. This book is about a boys whos skull is buried along time ago when he was in the army. It describes how group of people lived back then in the days. Another side, a boy goes to camp with his mother and mother's boy friend. They are in the same mountains as the skull that is buried in. When he s...more
Coyote Runs is trying to become a man as he grows up in a tribe that requires many rituals and marks of manliness to become accepted. In the same place at another point in time we watch Brennen Cole as he runs through the canyons and is struggling on his journey to become a man. The paralleled journeys add a great element to the story but by the time that I got halfway through the novel I enjoyed Coyote Runs' story much more than Brennan so I separated myself from the novel. Brennan finds a skul...more
This book was a bit disappointing, but the story was somewhat interesting. I thought the culmination of events at the end could have been written better. I was expecting more because of my enthusiasm for another Paulsen book, "Hatchet." I read it because many of last year's students read the Paulsen books in my classroom library.
I read this book in middle school, and remember that I thoroughly enjoyed it. A merge between today and a time long ago, two boys from different times being brought together in a way that is simply unimaginable... until you read it here. I read it again today, within a few hours. Just a before... a wonderful read!!
I first read Canyons when it was required for my seventh grade reading class twelve years ago, and I never forgot the profound affect on me. Having just finish it again, I am again left sitting in amazement and a stunning silence that I don't know how to handle. I don't know what it is, but there is something powerful and breathtaking in this book. It is deeply moving and thought-provoking, and I highly recommend it to all readers in their early teens and up.
Sharon Zink
Quite disappointing. Good writing but substandard plot. Unbelievable. A modern boy finds a human skull in the canyons and believes he hears voice from the person who died telling him what happened and what to do with the skull.
petes likes bacon
Canyons is a realistic fiction book by Gary Paulsen that takes place in the canyons of New Mexico and just outside them. This book is about two boys, an Apache boy named Coyote Runs who is going on his first raid to become a man, and Brennan who lives in modern times and finds Coyote Runs skull. They have a connection through "canyons of time" and Brennan knows he has to return he skull to the "medicine place" of Coyote Runs.
I liked this book because it was a fast paced action story and had lo...more
This book is another survival story written by Garry Paulsen. The particular thing about this book is that it's a two sided story (it's a time difference). Firstit starts out with Brennan a kid in a present time zone (present when the book was written) then it goes to Coyote Runs a kid way back when the natives were still here. I truthfully got board of this book like Hatchet and The River then I guess I would recommend it. My expectations were that it was sort of an investigating story because...more
Christina Ayala
This book didn't pull me in until around page 75... and when it did, wowzers! Gary Paulsen did it again...this story still has the survival theme that runs through many of his stories which makes me a faithful reader. Canyons is historical fiction ( at least I'm sure most of it's fictional, though the Apaches vs soldiers is probably true) that interweaves two characters from different eras and different cultures. At first it is hard to tell where the story is going and why we are following these...more
I'm glad that there are great books like this for young boys. Paulson brings you on a journey, and it's worthwhile.
Jill English Johnston
Interesting storyline. Engaging characters. Couldn't put it down.
Jonathan Paulovkin
Great juxtaposition of two kid's lives and their search to find themselves. Definitely worth the time to read.
Noah Mcclintock
Decent enough. The story is interesting.
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