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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  872 ratings  ·  105 reviews
For John Borne's family, hunting has nothing to do with sport or manliness. It's a matter of survival. Every fall John and his grandfather go off into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter.

But this year John's grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. John tracks a doe for two days, but as he closes in on his prey, h
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1978)
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Jade Nichole
The book “Tracker” was written by Gary Paulsen. It's about a boy that goes on his own hunting trip to find food for his grandparents and finds a unique connection with a doe. In his head and heart, he feels as if he needs to let the doe live for his grandfather. When he comes home from the trip he finds his grandfather dead and he realizes that the connection between him and the doe did not mean anything at all and he becomes very upset because of his grandfather's death. He then tries to heal ...more
Alex
Nov 17, 2008 Alex rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Alex by: no
Do you like to read horrible, boring books. The book Tracker is about a kid named John Borne. His dad gets sick, so he has to go hunting by himself this season. I did not like this book because there is no action or feeling. I can not relate to the character, so I really do not like that. The last reason why I do not like this book is because it transfers from being funny to really serious. I recommend that you do not read this book.
Orry
I thought that “Tracker” was a good book to read, because it taught me that death is a scary thing to have happen in your life. Especially if it is a family member or close friend that is about to or already died. It also taught me that if you are strong enough you can keep on doing what you have been doing your whole life so far.

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“Tracker” is about a thirteen year old boy, John Borne, who lives with his grandparents. His grandpa is about to die from cancer but he does not seem like he is
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Amanda Childs
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John's grandfather is dying. But John cannot accept that reality, and finds it hard to understand how cancer can take life away so slowly that he cannot even notice the death until it finally comes. Every year, John and his grandfather hunt deer to make meat for the winter, and John usually looks forward to hunting with his grandfather. But this year, John's grandfather sends John out to the woods to hunt alone. By himself, John encounters a deer, but finds
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Dan Tews
"Tracker" is a great book for people that like an outdoors setting book. A boy named John in this book goes out hunting for the first time on his own and tries to get meat for his grandparents. He sets out on a adventure of a lifetime and finds a special deer that drives him to get the deer. It would be a great read for a small book for class or if you are bored on the weekend. I recommend this book to everyone. This book is a very easy read; there are no big words and it is an easy book to foll ...more
Luke Radtke
I thought this book had a good story line because there is a lot of things people can relate to in the "Tracker". The boys family gets torn apart due to the death of the boys grandpa which this book would help people to find the values in life even after the death of a family member. The "Tracker" was a big eye opener that bad things can happen to good people and it could happen to you at any point in your life. The "Tracker" helped to teach me the values of family and life over all. I would rec ...more
Codys
I had very high expectations for this book because I love hunting so I read a hunting book. A kid named john living with his grandma and grandpa on a farm and his grandpa has cancer and jogn loves the farm. John love working on the farm and a very quiut boy. John has to go hunting all by himself for the first time. John wants to find the deer that he saw out the window of the house, he thinks its a nice deer. He tracks the deer for two days and finnily gets it. I disliked it a lot because he did ...more
Ivan
It was a tradition for John Borne to go deer hunting every year with his grandfather. This year was different. Only a young boy, John had to go through the hardship of his grandfather battling cancer. Could you imagine being a child with no parents and your only adult male figure is on his last leg? John did all he could to help out around his grandparents' farm. He tried to keep his mind off of his grandfathers' sickness but he never could. When deer season came around John had no other option ...more
Nathan
Mar 20, 2015 Nathan added it
This is the year that John Borne, a boy 13 years of age, would kill a deer and provide meat for his family. John lost his parents when he was very young, and now he lived with his grandfather and grandmother. And now John’s grandpa, Clay was struck with an illness and had no choice but to put John in charge. This meant that John must wake up at the crack of dawn every morning to feed livestock, collect eggs, and milk the cattle. This is a big responsibility for a 13 year old boy, but Clay has fa ...more
Carl Koch
I read "Tracker" by Gary Paulsen. The book had a strange plot line the was hard to follow, but overall I enjoyed the book. It is about a boy whose grandpa is dying and he has to go out hunting by himself for the first time. The boy is alright until he sees a doe that he has seen before. He decides that if he can touch it instead of kill it, then his grandpa will not die. Throughout most of the book the boy follows the deer and finally touches it. When he gets back, he tells his grandpa the story ...more
Henry Lam
The book was very good, it did make me have to look up in the dictionary sometimes, but overall, the book wasn't as complicated and boring as I thought.
Laura
He’s dying. Dying of cancer. Clay Borne, Grandpa, is dying. John Borne knows it, but he can’t realize it. He can’t think of life with out Grandpa – it’s not that he won’t think of it or refuses to think of it, it’s just an impossibility. Life can’t happen without Grandpa.

They always hunt together on the first day of deer season. But this year, Grandpa decides to stay home. So John goes out by himself. He finds a deer and sets to tracking it, but as he locks gaze with the doe over his readied rif
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Tazhaun G
I think this book is dumb i don't even know what it is talking aabout and like 20 pages missing. NO GOOD
Jarednemeth
I thought this book was really good. Its pretty said towards the end. John has become so close to his grandparent since they have raised him. Unfortunately John never had the chance to know his parents and who they were. They died in a plane crash. John seemed to be a pretty good kid. He loves hunting with his grandfather. John finds out one day his grandfather has cancer and doesn't have long to live. John has to go hunting by himself for the first time and relates this doe to his grandfather. ...more
Ann
This was a good book with a interesting twist...more of a coming-of-age book that is good for all to remember, regardless of age. As I read, I was reminded of things that I have "tracked" for reasons that I felt were justified and worth the time. Only to learn afterwards that my energies were somewhat wasted on something that would never be or turned to to be not as great as I had expected. Tracker requires the reader to just be, just be a part of the story, just be and flow with the story. I tr ...more
Nick Kuechle
I enjoyed "Tracker", but it was only okay. This book lacked action, but I could relate to the main character. I also enjoyed it because it was about hunting which is one of my favorite hobbies.
The main character John Borne is and ordinary kid who lives on a farm with his grandparents. He lives with his grandparents because his parents died in a plane crash. He was living a happy life until the doctor told there family that John's grandpa had cancer and it couldn't be treated. After the bad new
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Melissa Lee-tammeus
My son, who is in eighth grade, had to read this for his summer reading program. He pulled it off in less than a day. I read it in less than an hour. This is not eighth grade reading. This is fourth grade reading and I have no idea why it was chosen other than the fact that maybe the school did not want to push the kids too hard over summer. Both my son and I thought the book was ridiculous. Now granted, it had an element of a teaching moment. Boy and grandfather hunt every summer, grandfather g ...more
Magpie67
A great book to get a boy interested in reading especially those interested in hunting and tracking. A coming of age title as well since the boy is going on his first hunt alone rather than with Grandpa. Grandpa is sick and had been told he had a short time to live. Now is the time for his grandson to learn to be on his own, be the man and take care of the homestead when he is gone. A tough life for this boy as he originally lost his parents at the age of 4. This summer I'm helping a boy keep up ...more
Shawn
The Tracker is a fictional book that is set on a farm in northern Minnesota. John Brown is a thirteen year old boy who came to live with his grandparents. His parents died in a plane crash. He has a tradition to go hunting with his grandfather before every winter. His grandpa is diagnosed with cancer. John is very upset because is grandpa can’t go hunting with him this time. His job is to go and hunt deer for their food over the winter. He finds connections with nature and between him and a doe ...more
Daniel Shoemate
Oct 31, 2014 Daniel Shoemate is currently reading it
tracker tacks place in the woods in an old barn house.the boy john is out hunting to get meat for his grandpa with canser and his old grandmother. He is having problems getting a deer because they keep running away from him.

It is a great book there is nothing I don't like about it. But what I do like is the way the auther real shoes the hunt and what the deer looks like. Also he dose not slow down in his writing it goes from one thing to the next.
Destinee Sutton
For the first time, I think I can say that I liked a book better because I listened to the audio version instead of reading it. The reader, Frank Muller, was so so good. Every time he said "make meat" or "give death" I got shivers.

About the book itself: I can see how a lot of readers would not be so into it. There's zero humor and not much action. But if you're compelled by the craft of writing, this little book is riveting. The boy at the center of it (John, who I think was a teenager) doesn't
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Fred Kohn
This is only my second Gary Paulsen read, the first being Harris and Me. Harris and Me is of a totally different character than this book, which took me off guard. Harris and Me is clearly a kid's book, and has many hilarious moments. Tracker is very serious and poetic, and I felt that it might be hard for young readers to relate to.
Emma
Read the original review here: http://thegiantpencil.blogspot.com/20...

What did I just read?

I've read two of Paulsen's works before, and I thoroughly enjoyed them, thus why I was so eager to start Tracker. While I was surprised how short the book was, I was expecting a good read.

If I could describe Tracker in one sentence, I would say that Tracker is about a boy who is distraught over his grandfather and has a sick obsession with a deer. There it is. You don't even have to read the book because
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Haley
For one Alex it wasn't his dad it was his Grandpa, so obviously you didn't read the story you read the words.... You didn't understand or pay attention to the book.
It is a very good heart warming book but with a little twist. It's a easy read 90pgs. I recommend reading it
Mathew White
Justin and I read this book last week. It starts off really good, and Paulsen includes some beautiful images and ideas with his words. However, the last part of the book is a little traumatic, and we weren't really sure about what the writer was trying to say.
Colin R.
Tracker

John Borne and his grandparents live on a small farm in the middle of no where. And in a week it is hunting season. this is different in their family hunting season isn't about manliness or sport but only about food each year if they can they only kill one deer. But this year hunting season will be very different for John because his grampa is very sick and will not be going hunting with him.

John is on his own for two days tracking this deer how long until he will turn back. This story i
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Margaret Dilloway
Anyone who is blanket anti -YA would do well to read Paulsen's beautifully spare prose, a meditation on nature and the necessity of death. Reminds me of Cormac McCarthy or Per Petterson.
Julie Walter
Although a well written book, I don't feel as though it would have a lot of "kid" appeal. The storyline is rather slow and a little deep for most young readers.
Zach
Great Read

The story of life comes alive in this book. Great tale by Paulsen. strongly recommend this book to any hunter.
Scott
The book that I just finished was called "Tracker". It was about a boy that did all the chores around the house for his grandpa. It was just turning into winter and the house was out of food and the grandson had to go do all the chores then he was to go out and get some meat for supper. That is suppose to put food on the table for the whole winter and he has to go out and get the deer by himself because his grandpa is very sick and dying.

The main character was john he is thirteen years old and
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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