Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.
But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel's parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young people. He has written more than one hundred books for adults and young people, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: "Dogsong", "Hatchet", and "The Winter Room". He lives in New Mexico, Alaska, and on the Pacific.
I first began writing while living in Thailand in the late 1990's. Working for the social critic Sulak Sivaraksa on his periodical review of political activism in that country, Seeds of Peace. After the publication of 'How the City Farang Came to Love the Forest and Other stories' in 2002, I decided that I would write fictional stories about South East Asia. I now live and work in France, and am working on a story based there.
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2010: "A superb reflection on the nature of war."