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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  940 ratings  ·  130 reviews
"Mayday! Landed on river. Engine out.
Floating toward the falls."

When the engine of their float plane fails during a water landing near the head of Canada's monumental Virginia Falls, what began as a sightseeing detour turns into a survival mission for two high-school students and their elderly companion.

With the brutal sub arctic winter about to fall like a hammer, Gabe R
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by HarperTeen (first published 1996)
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Carolyn Mary
I.HATE.THIS.BOOK. I had to read this for a class this year, and it's honestly the worst book I've ever read. It was very boring, they didn't use good vocabulary, and everything was predictable. I do NOT recommend this to ANYONE.
In the far North, nature rules. When Gabe, a fifteen year old from Texas, goes to boarding school in the Northwest territories, he learns what life in the North is really about. Gabe learned that sometimes in life certain places are better left unexplored. He learned this when curiosity led him, his friend Raymond, Raymond's uncle Johnny Raven, and a bush pilot into a tough situation. When the group found themselves stranded in the far North during the late fall they knew trouble was ahead. Duri ...more
Brendan Folk
Knowing that winter is just around the corner, Gabe Rogers and Raymond Providence must learn what it takes to survive in the wilderness. This all happens after their plane engine fails to start on a river and they are trapped there. The pilot of the plane is the only person that is unable to get out of the plane and is killed. Gabe and Raymond survive, but their adventure has just begun in trying to survive and make it back to civilization.
There are three main characters in this book. The firs
Summary: Gabe Rogers decides to finish his high school years in Northwest Canada so he can be with his father. Gabe takes an airplane that detours for some sight – seeing. The plane then crashes leaving Gabe, his roommate Raymond, and Raymond’s great-uncle Johnny alone in the deadly wilderness with the freezing cold winter coming.

Review: This survival story pushes the notch up much higher than Hatchet. Gabe does have the advantage over Brian of having companies on his advantage but, Gabe is als
Tucker Huggins
This book was recommended to me by the librarian. This story takes place mostly up north in the wilderness by the Yukon.The conflict of the story is that two teenagers get in a plane crash and have to survive and they face many problems such as bones and bears and even falling in the freezing cold river. There is two main characters Raymond and Gabe. Both characters i would consider to be dynamic because they are relying on others in the beginning and by the end of the book they were doing every ...more
Nate Orff
I LIKED the part where the poler bears came and eat the sciencetist! then wen the aliens shoot the polar bear the words made it feel like i was the poler beara!!! i dont know why its called far north bcuz its in the south and why is there a plain on the cover. they only fly flying sazuers and it cant land on the ocean. Gr8 job will Hobbs on this bloody graphic novel!!!
Dakota Clark
In Far North, two young men from completely different cultures are chosen as roommates in a boarding school in Yellowknife. They befriend a pilot and he takes them to see Virginia Falls when the engine quits and the plane crashes, taking the pilot over the edge of the falls with it. This story of survival has Gabe and Raymond facing many dangerous obstacles. This was one of my favorite books I have read recently because of the things they did and the chances they took to keep on living. I really ...more
Ian Hines
The book far north was so good and I loved it so much. While reading this book I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Will Hobs is a really good author and makes very thrilling stories.Far North makes you feel like you are inside the book and see everything in your mind. This book I did not want to put it down and stop reading it.I enjoy books like this filled with action and outdoor adventures and is by far my favorite. I am not that much of a book person but this book made me feel differ ...more
Laura Marie
Although the book has an interesting plot, I didn't care for it much. It's sad that Gabe loses his mother in a car crash at age 7. He wants to find his dad and befriends a pilot who also dies. It's a tale of survival. I wouldn't want to use this book in my own classroom, however, I wouldn't discourage a child from reading it if it interested them. If I was to create a lesson around it, I would have the children write a letter from Gabe's point of view. Writing to the grandparents , telling his t ...more
Jason Vander Ende
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Several reasons: I read this aloud to my son. He really enjoyed our previous two Will Hobb's read alouds Jason's Gold and it's sequel Down the Yukon. He asked that I read him more by the author. I searched out titles and specifically choose this one for two reasons: 1) ds is very fond of both survival stories and any story that takes place at sea/on water (in this case an arctic river); 2) I have a geographical reading project going and as far as Canada goes I only have two p ...more
Gabe, a 15-year old from Texas, and Raymond, a Dene (Athabascan) from the forests of the Canadian Northwest Territories, find themselves roommates in a boarding school in Yellowknife. Unexpectedly they both are on a small plane headed for Raymond's home village when the plane comes down, the pilot is killed, and the boys, plus an elder from Raymond's village, are stranded in the Canadian wilderness just as winter is coming on. Luckily the elder was reared to survive in these circumstances and he ...more
Holly Wagner
Set in the Northwest Territories in Canada, two boys from vastly different cultures find themselves stranded on the Nannihanni River when the engine of the Cessna that brought them to see Virginia falls dies then goes over the edge. How will they survive the Arctic winter in Deadmen Valley?

Hobbs, W. (1996). Far North. New York, NY: Morrow Junior Books.
Awards/Reviews: Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association (ALA, Top Ten Young Adult Books for l996 (ALA),ALA's “100 Best of the Be
Libby Ames
When fifteen-year-old Gabe moves from Texas to be with his father in the Canadian Northwest Territories, he is in for more cold than he has ever experienced. At his boarding school in the town of Yellowknife, Gabe hears stories of the Nahanni River and its famous Virginia Falls. He longs to see more of the Northwest and jumps at a chance to have a small airplane tour of the canyons.

Gabe and his roommate Raymond, a boy from a remote Dene villiage, find themselves trapped in a dangerous northern w
I absolutely love this book! It's an amazing book about two high schoolers who get stranded with the best elder( in my opinion) Johnny Raven. They go through many adventures and face many challenges. The author really knows how to end chapters that keep you turning pages. The first time I started reading this I read to about page 52 and then got really busy. I picked is back up around November 4 and finished it in 2 days! It's an amazing book! If you haven't read it I highly suggest you do! I ca ...more
when i read this book it thought me how to do things to survive the woods like how to start a fire with other ways like rocks and trees and i learned alot of things about how to survive the wild without the all these electrical things think they could have so some pics of what they did and shown us what they did after eveything was done about after they found where they were going
Youth lit. Troubled boy from Texas goes North, way North, to get closer to his Dad. Token time bored at boarding school before he's off on a bush plane that goes down in the middle of nowhere. Two rebellious teens are saved by the lore of a tribal elder.
I guess it was interesting how they survived, but not much mystery or much literature.
I like this book because it involves adventure and wildrness. I like this book because it includes the will to stay alive. If you like the hatchet and books like that you will like this it involves a plain crash and survivel. Two kids are trapped in Deads Man valley and there not alone.
Pam Nordwall
I would have loved a book like this when I first started to read adventure stories as an avid reader even at the age of 9, there seemed little like this except for the classics, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, etc. it was a great read and I would recommend it to the young and ready!
When my 12-year old son finished this book, he put it on my night stand with the note "read this book". I'm the third generation to read it; my mom passed it along to my son. It's an adventure story that values friendship and knowledge from our elders. A good choice for the whole family.
Mark Smiley
A great adventure book.
Two young men and an old Indian are stranded in the Northwest Territories in winter due to a plane crash. They must survive terrible temperatures, ice, water, snow, bears and other hazards.
Will they ever make it back to civilization?
Fast paced, clear thinking, good lessons.
Luke Eggers
This was a book about the adventures of two boarding school roommates, Raymond and Gabe. They traveled to go on an airplane tour of the Nahanni River and the Virginia Falls. The plane had some problems and landed on the river, but went down one of the falls, killing the pilot and leaving Raymond and Gabe on their own. The two boys have to learn how to survive on their own and learn off of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Will Hobbs shows how two boys in their teens learn lessons about both ...more
Malinda Quinn
Far North helped to prove that I would be in trouble on Day 1 if I were stranded in the Canadian wilderness at the onset of winter. The characters faced one struggle after another until the very end of the novel. Hobbs does an excellent job of describing the setting and building up characters.

Throughout the story, the author tossed in many facts about Canada's geography, Native American beliefs, and what happens when temperatures drop below zero. At the end of the novel, I learned that Hobbs bas
to me this is a book that i would love to read again. this book got introduced to me by me old teacher. in this book a kid named gabe got sent to a boarding school in canada but on his vacation he went up in a bush plane to be brought to the airport were his dad was waiting to get him but when him his friend and the piolet got lost and their plane went down the were stranded alone. but the plane was about to go over the falls were the crashed they started to try to get all of the supplise out of ...more
When an author writes as well as Hobbs one cannot help but ride the wondrous tide of his writing. This tale is so well done that one can almost feel the cold of the approaching winter and the stinging water of the river as it caresses the skin before it begins to freeze. The idea for this story began with a read and a trip to Virginia Falls on the Nahanni River that sent Hobbs and his wife flying with a bush pilot to see the area for themselves. As Hobbs plunged further into the lore of the area ...more
Gabe,a fifteen-or-so year old (not quite sure on the age) moves from Texas to the Northwest Territories to be closer to his father, who works on an oil rig. On the way to see his father, his helicopter crashes along the Nahanni Butte River, but survives and struggles to live in the wilderness with his roommate Raymond and Raymond's great-uncle, Johnny Raven. Both Raymond and Johnny are members of the Dene people, who teach Gabe some of the ways of their people.

Thought this was a great adventure
Far North is an adventurous tale about survival, friendship and Nature. Written by Will Hobbs, it is a very captivating story that takes you into the eyes of Gabe Rogers.

Gabe wants to see the world, so he moves to Canada to experience it, just like his father. He meets a Dende (Native American) named Raymond Providence. Together they take a plane ride. The Pilot's name is Clint, who is a very fun and wild character that decides to go sight seeing along the ride. The plane's engines quit and Clin
Loved listening to this in the car! The quintessential winter adventure story. I loved learning more about the North West Territories in Canada along the way as well.
Christine Boyer
May 09, 2013 Christine Boyer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th-7th graders
Recommended to Christine by: On our school district book list.
I'm going back to teaching 6th grade in the fall and I'm trying to find some good novels to integrate with the social studies curriculum of Canada & Latin America. Usually I rely on Gary Paulsen's, "Hatchet", for a setting in Canada. "Far North" was much better and more specific with regard to the Northwest Territories, the capital, Yellowknife, and lots of mention of the mountains and rivers. It even features the culture of the Dene people who are the natives in that area. No bad words, cha ...more

A Native Indian, by the name of Raymond, is a young teen disconnected from his Dene tribal past. A newcomer, Texan Gabe Rogers, is looking for a year of adventure in the far north at the Northwest Territories boarding school that is near his father. An aging, forgotten man, Raymond's uncle, is sure that his days on this earth are coming to an end.

These are the three unlikely comrades who must face the elements, fight hunger and, ultimately, cheat death to survive a long, harsh winter in the Far
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WILL HOBBS is the author of seventeen novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best You ...more
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