Canyons by Gary Paulsen is a book written about a young boy who finds a skull on a camping trip and it seems to give him mental messages about where he. Two boys, separated by the canyons of time and two vastly different cultures, face the challenges by which they will become men. Coyote Runs, an Apache. Brennan is a young loner of the type that will be instantly familiar to Paulsen fans. Canyons. Gary Paulsen, Author Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers.

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Read it Forward Read it first. The group of small boys on the trip are wild. The coroner looks at the skull and determines it is more than a hundred years old and was the body of a young boy, more than likely an Indian. At first you have no idea what is going on but it all starts to connect and end up as a great book. I really enjoyed reading Canyons but I also live in the Tularosa Valley where this book was supposed to take place. The only problem they are separated by a two hundred year span of time.

He hasn’t read a book in several years and said he couldn’t put it down, read it right through. But on the whole, I think this story was and is incredibly progressive. To ask other readers questions about Canyonsplease sign up. More than a hundred years later, while camping near Dog Canyon, fifteen-year-old Brennan Cole becomes obsessed with a skull that he finds, pierced by a bullet.


Through days and weeks of research, they go through several files and stacks of newspapers. One can learn a lot from what he has to say. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, cnayons engage customers. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. A rather unexpected story line spices up the stew in this hidden gem of a novel.

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Dec 11, Mitchell Larkin rated it really liked it. At its heart, the novel is a coming-of-age story occurring in paulseb characters who are from decidedly different eras.

Once I started reading the book it was not hard to get into the book.

While the reader is delivered an action story from the southwest during the Civil War era, alternating chapters detail the life of a modern young man named Brennan, a young man who is growing up in El Paso without a father. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. Homesley then contacts a friend of his with the Western Historical Archives to ;aulsen information on violent deaths in canyon area between and This one took me a while to get into, however it allowed me the choice to continue reading until I didn’t paulaen to put it down.

Children and Young Adult Literature portal. It is during this raid that he faces danger and so affects Brennan, the boy in the future’s life. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

This section contains words approx. Pzulsen in the story, the switching ends when Coyote Runs gets shot in the head during his first raid that would, if successful, make him a man among his Apache tribe. His mom wants him to really like Bill and accept him because she thinks he is the one.


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He’ll never take life for granted again. Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific. A botched raid ends with several massacred Indians, and Coyote Runs is unable to escape the white men who unleash their retribution in the form of a bullet through his skull.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brennan and his mother live alone, though men have entered and exited pailsen lives. Audio Cassette Verified Purchase.

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Two boys, separated by the canyons of time and two vastly cznyons cultures, face the challenges by which they will become men. I think this book was worth spending the time to read because it is a book that is exciting and it makes you want to keep reading it. I gsry that the transition back and fourth between the lives of Brennan and Coyote Runs was very creative and was certainly entertaining to read.

Helped my son get interested in reading. Please try again later. It wasn’t quite the book I was expecting, but it was still really good. Canyons by Gary Paulsen.