Woods Runner

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Woods Runner
Author Gary Paulsen
Cover artist Richard Tuschman
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Wendy Lamb Books[1]
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 176 pp
ISBN 0385738846

Woods Runner is a 2010 young adult novel by Gary Paulsen that takes place during the year 1776. It is about a 13-year-old boy named Samuel living during the Revolutionary War whose house is burnt down by British soldiers. When Samuel investigates the scene of devastation, he finds dead bodies, but none of the bodies were his parents. The parents were not killed because one of the officer wanted somebody to play with in chess.Samuel starts a journey to find his parents in New York but gets hit in the head with a tomahawk and with the help of rebels is healed. Before Samuel finds his parents and is able to save them with the help of a man named Abner he saves a little girl named Annie and takes her with him on his journey. Samuel's family then adopts Annie as their own daughter. The novel ends by saying that Samuel decided to go to war but returned home after a man who had helped him earlier died.


  1. ^ "Woods runner / Gary Paulsen.". Library of Congress. Retrieved March 13, 2011.