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Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
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bookshelves: juv, historical-fiction, mock-newbery-2011, american-revolution

After being forced to read Hatchet in middle school (or maybe it was read aloud?) I swore off Gary Paulsen. Until this one made it onto the Mock Newbery list this year and I had to give him a second chance. He's still not my cup of tea, but I can respect what he does and the appeal that his stories have for lots of readers - to the point, visceral, often brutal. There's not a lot of pretty shiny language here, and the character development is sometimes slim, but the pace is gripping. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the non-fiction interludes worked - they could have been choppy, falling in between the chapters, but they gave key information with info-dumping into the storyline, and they gave me a chance to catch my breath before jumping back in. Not the best thing ever, but it succeeds at what it sets out to do.

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