Far North by Will HobbsFar North by Will Hobbs

Far North

byWill Hobbs

Paperback | September 1, 1997

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From the window of the small floatplane, fifteen-year-old Gabe Rogers is getting his first look at Canada's magnificent Northwest Territories with Raymond Providence, his roommate from boarding school. Below is the spectacular Nahanni River -- wall-to-wall whitewater racing between sheer cliffs and plunging over Virginia Falls. The pilot sets the plane down on the lake-like surface of the upper river for a closer look at the thundering falls. Suddenly the engine quits. The only sound is a dull roar downstream, as the Cessna drifts helplessly toward the falls . . .

With the brutal subarctic winter fast approaching, Gabe and Raymond soon find themselves stranded in Deadmen Valley. Trapped in a frozen world of moose, wolves, and bears, two boys from vastly different cultures come to depend on each other for their very survival.

“A thrill-a-minute account of struggle against seemingly impossible odds.” (Horn Book)
Title:Far NorthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 5.12 × 0.45 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380725363

ISBN - 13:9780380725366

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will Hobbs once again delivers 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 provinces left and this would count as my North West Territories book. We sat down to read this book expecting an exciting book and Will Hobbs once again delivers. We were both thoroughly glued to our seats during the reading of this book. Hobbs always takes time to introduce his characters and set his story properly before diving into the adventure so don't expect to hit the ground running. This is not how Hobbs writes. He is a wonderful writer, with a skilled pen at description of scenery and really giving one a sense of being exactly where he has planted his characters, in this case a very northern part of Canada in the North West Territories, close to the Yukon border, along the Nahanni River boarded by cliffs on both sides. Once the adventure starts, though, the excitement is non-stop and peril is around every corner. Hobbs deals with man vs nature in a realistic manner and man doesn't always win, he gets hurt and sometimes he dies. Chapters end in either cliffhangers or desperate measures making one sorry to leave off until next time. As I said we both really enjoyed this, I'd say I liked this best of the three we've read so far.
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kevin too good to be true...
Date published: 2002-05-31

From Our Editors

Into the breach left by Farley Mowat steps Will Hobbs, author of tensely Ghost Canoe and Beardance. In Far North, Hobbs follows two adolescent boys out in the Canadian wilderness, trying to survive the bitter winter and make it home. Far North received ALA and IRA Awards for superb young adult fiction.

Editorial Reviews

“A thrill-a-minute account of struggle against seemingly impossible odds.” (Horn Book)