Far North

Far North

by Will Hobbs

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Overview

"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 Rogers, his boarding-school roommate, Raymond Providence, and Raymond's great-uncle, Johnny Raven, are trapped in a deadly wilderness. Braving icy rapids and desperately hunting for moose in their struggle to fend off starvation, all three travelers must rely on the others' knowledge and courage, or survival is out of the question.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380725366
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/1997
Series: HarperClassics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 197,629
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.

Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic. When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.

A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.

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Far North 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book "Far North" by Will Hobbs is one of the most thrilling adventure books out there. It's about an American boy named Gabe who decides to move to the Northwest Territories in Canada to be closer to his father. He's been living with his grandparents for the past few years in Texas and since his dad's line of work requires him to be in extremely rural areas for long periods of time, Gabe doesn't see his father as much as he's like to. When he moves into a boarding school and decides to take a sight-seeing tour with two other passengers his life drastically changes. During the tour the plane taxis into a fast moving river and when they try to lift off the plane doesn't start, when they become within one-hundred feet of a HUGE waterfall they decide to evacuate the plane, everyone survives except the pilot. After being stranded in the wild for a few weeks they decide to travel down river on a raft in hopes of finding civilization. The next few months are about Gabe, and the other two passengers coming together to survive the brutal winter the Northwest Territories are known for. During this adventure everyone learns more about themselves and they become closer to nature. I believe the major message this book is trying to get through is that everyone should respect nature, themselves, and others. I enjoyed this book so much because of the thrilling adventure this average teenage boy goes on in a wilderness so foreign to him and he has to learn from his mistakes to survive. My only dislike of this book is that the author throws in some unrealistic scenarios that make the book seem unrealistic. I think if someone is looking for something to read and they enjoy adventures they should read this book, because it is one of the most engaging adventure books in existence and it keeps the reader interested throughout the book. A few other related books by this author include; "Beardance", "Bearstone", and "The Big Wander". Related books by another author are; "Brian's Winter" and "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. My overall rating of this book is 9 out of 10, because it's a great book that really captures the reader and gets them interested in the story, but there are a few events and situations in the book that seem to be there just to add pages to it and make the book seem fantasy like and unrealistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool! I wish I lived waterside!.....Juneau is beautiful, and Fairbanks sucks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading, very exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a very good book about two boys surviving in Canada. It is sad in one part though. I often have a hard time finding a good book, but this book kept me reading it. It has the perfect amount of suspenceful and relaxing parts. This book was a very good book, and I highly recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story! Not only a survival story, but learning about the way of the Natives as well. Very good read!
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
10th grader Gabe Rogers heads to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to be nearer his father who is drilling for diamonds in a remote region. After his mother's death nine years earlier, he's lived primarily with his grandparents in Texas. He wants to see the north about which his dad talks. At his boarding school, his roommate is a boy from one of the Dene villages. Gabe's father arranges for Gabe to fly with a bush pilot one weekend. The flight just happens to be when his roommate Raymond decides to return to his village along with Johnny Raven, an older man from the village who had been in the hospital in Yellowknife. The pilot makes some unwise decisions and suddenly only Gabe, Raymond, and Johnny are left to survive in the extreme cold. It's a great story of survival for middle age readers, especially boys. The story kept me captivated. I stayed up later than I had intended just to finish the story in one sitting.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is great stuff. Wonderful for boys and anyone interested in survival skills.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first thing you should know about the Northwest Territories is that it's big. It stretches from the Yukon practically to within spitting distance of Greenland. The N.W.T. Is twice as big as Alaska. ¿ See if you can picture this: only sixty thousand people live in the entire N.W.T., and almost a third of them live in the city of Yellowknife.And so. When the pilot engaged to return two natives back to their home, decides to take a sightseeing detour to show Texas teenager, Gabe, some of the territory he'd been describing, Gabe sees first-hand how remote and severely beautiful it is. Having chosen to go to school in Yellowknife in order to be nearer his father, who is working on the pipeline, Gabe wants to experience all he can. But he gets more experience than he bargained for, when everything goes horribly wrong and the plane's engine dies. The other two passengers, Raymond, a classmate of Gabe's who's abandoned school, and Johnny Raven, an elderly Dene indian are hard put to help each other survive. Johnny Raven must rely on the strength of their youth, and they, in turn, must rely on his years of wilderness wisdom. This was a heart-pounding read; the author did a great job of laying out the story, making you wonder how and what the three would choose at each juncture of decision. The setting was wonderfully evocative, the characters very believable, the writing very well done.
bjscheuter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable adventure with the challenge to survive and the struggle of the Indian to adapt to White Man's ways.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the old man said and taught two boys about survival and respect for the land and its resources.
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Two young boys caught in the Canadian wilderness in wintertime with only an old Indian with little English to help them. Frigid temperatures, starvation, and a grumpy grizzly are only a few of the trials they endure to survive.
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jjz6215 More than 1 year ago
Far North is a good easy read; not a literary masterpiece. It is a nice story about two young men and one's grandfather who get caught in a life threatening test of their survival skills. The reader gains some insight into the characters and their cultures as the day to day fight for survival unfolds. Far North is not a page turner but it does move fast enough to keep your interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. It sits in my Nook alongside The Snow Child. Both very satisfying winter reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an adventurous story, but at times it did drag on. All in all I would recommend, especially to young boys in their teenage years. The characters are well defined and the description of the scenery is amazing. The cold temperatures, that dip well below freezing might leave you a little breathless, I can't imagine what that type of cold would fill like.
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Absolutely perfect book. Favorite book ever. Also recommend Leaving Protection also by Will Hobbs.
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