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Far North

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,169 Ratings  ·  149 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 HarperCollins (first published 1996)
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Carolyn Mary
Apr 18, 2012 Carolyn Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jason Vander Ende
Jun 08, 2010 Jason Vander Ende rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-12
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Brendan Folk
Apr 20, 2015 Brendan Folk rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it
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
Christine Boyer
May 09, 2013 Christine Boyer rated it really liked it  ·  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
Liz B
Feb 10, 2013 Liz B rated it it was amazing
Whew! What a great ride this was. I'm glad I finally read it--we've owned it for book clubs for probably 10 years. This book has and will continue to stand the test of time and be relevant--although there are some current issues referred to (in terms of exploitation of Canada's far north), they won't be outdated any time soon. In the meantime, this is a fascinating, suspenseful, and believable adventure/ survival novel, perfect for all kinds of readers--but particularly for boys who want lots of ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing
This came home with my son as a reading assignment. We read it aloud to each other over several weeks. It's a great book for reading with any kid who appreciates a good action story. I enjoyed the Native American (Native Canadian?) history, mythology and culture that was threaded through the book. It left me wanting to take a canoe trip down the same river in the Northwest Territories that the author did prior to writing this book.
Nate Orff
May 06, 2013 Nate Orff rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Michael O
Nov 16, 2016 Michael O rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is definitely my favorite Will Hobbs book. I tells a great story that takes you on a journey with the characters. This book is vet descriptive and takes a while it read, but it is worth it.
Luis Garcia
Oct 21, 2016 Luis Garcia rated it really liked it
The book that I have been reading over these last few weeks is called Far North it is a pretty good book to read especially with the good imagery stated in the text, and all the different scenarios that happen to the characters. I say that it is worth to pick up and read if you like this type of genre and these types of of plots. And one of the reasons I think this is a good book is because the author makes you feel like your actually part of the book with the details that are described like whe ...more
Dec 27, 2016 Diane rated it liked it
Gabe has moved to the Northwest Territory in Canada in order to be closer to his father. He is enrolled in a boarding school. He soon meets Raymond, his roommate, a Dene Indian. They form an uneasy acquaintanceship. Soon, however, they all find themselves the passengers of a bush pilot along with Raymond's uncle, Johnny Raven. When the plane crashes, they must try to survive the cruel cold and the ways of harsh nature.

Good strong adventure story. The development of trust, friendship, and the acc
Jan 21, 2015 Pandora rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2015 Clark rated it really liked it
I found this book in my homeroom library and I grew quite interested after the plot continued to unfold as I grew closer to the back of the book. I would describe this book as inspirational or motivational. This book really helped me appreciate nature and the world and really opened my eyes to stop taking things for granted and to learn to be independent from technology sometimes. I connected with the narrator because he first came to Canada as someone isolated from nature who relied on technolo ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Jacob rated it it was amazing
I read this book because i like to read things that is based on survival and a real story. I expected it to be very interesting. I also wanted it to be a faster read. Something that always makes you not want to stop reading you always wanted to know what was going to happen next. It definitely met my expectations it was very interesting. It wasn't to long but not to short. I would even think twice to read it again because it just is so interesting on the ways they have to do some of the things.

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
Dalton Everard
Gabe, a teenager from Texas, has moved to Canada’s Northwest Territories to attend boarding school and to be closer to his father. His roommate is a teenager named Raymond. Even though both boys share the same birth date, Gabe and Raymond are very different. Raymond finds it difficult to transition into his new school. He eventually quits and takes a plane ride back home. However to him, Gabe is on the same plane but for a different reason. Gabe is along for a scenic view. Also along for the rid ...more
May 10, 2010 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabe Rogers is a boy from the south -- Texas, to be exact. A sequence of tough incidents lead him to the Northwest Territories of Canada. He thinks he will be stuck at the boarding school and lead a lonely life with no friends. Even when he meets his new roommate, Raymond, things don't get much better for Gabe. Little do these two boys know, but they will soon be out in the frozen wilderness together, striving and depending solely on each other for their very lives.

The boys are accompanied in th
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
May 20, 2011 M. rated it liked it
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
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
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
Tucker Huggins
May 05, 2014 Tucker Huggins rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Mar 28, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya
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
Dec 22, 2009 Hunter rated it really liked it
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
Malinda Quinn
Sep 15, 2012 Malinda Quinn rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2013 Dillon rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2011 Johnp rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I enjoy Will Hobbs and feel that he is a master at suspensful adventure and portraying the drama of being ‘out in the wild’. Here, two boys get stranded in the Pacific Northwest just before winter and have to fight for their lives.

While there were some dramatic scenes, overall, this story didn’t hold my attention as much as The Maze or Crossing the Wire. There’s only so many times I can take commentary on the boys’ dwindling food supply or their lack of warm clothing. The ending is decent and t
Feb 14, 2009 Shane rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
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Feb 01, 2012 Lydia rated it liked it

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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