Canyons

Canyons

by Gary Paulsen

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Overview

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 boy, takes part in his first raid. But he is to be a man for only a short time.
More than a hundred years later, while camping near Dog Canyon, 15-year-old Brennan Cole becomes obsessed with a skull that he finds, pierced by a bullet. He learns that it is the skull of an Apache boy executed by soldiers in 1864. A mystical link joins Brennan and Coyote Runs, and Brennan knows that neither boy will find peace until Coyote Runs' skull is carried back to an ancient sacred place.
In a grueling journey through the canyon to return the skull, Brennan confronts the challenge of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385742344
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 84,754
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Masters of Disaster, Lawn Boy Returns, Woods Runner, Notes from the Dog, Mudshark, Lawn Boy, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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Canyons 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book if you like suspense/action/mystery.It's about two kids, one from the past and one from the present, they have a connection. The kid from the past talks to the one from the present and has him bring his skull to his favorite. His favorite place is very high in a canyon. This is a very good book because it shows teamwork between two similar kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tyra Patterson love this book i read it in fifth grade and it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like adventure read any Gary Paulsen book! I am 71 years old and in the past year I have read them all. High Recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is of high interest and is not difficult to read. I use it in 6th grade groups for boys who don't read at grade level and those who do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book, but I would of liked more action. It is a mystery and has lots of surprises. I like mysteries and action and this book has some of both. The book switches between two stories that are related. I like reading about one story instead of switching back and forth. The chapters in the book are short, and don't seem to have a lot of content. The book is enjoyable to read because it has you guessing what is going to happen next. The book may seem inspiring because the main character does some incredible things. I think you will probably enjoy rading the book. There are lots of things going on that you may be able to relate too. The book also captures your attention and makes you want to keep reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was definately worth reading! I enjoyed it a lot. If you like books that are adventurous then I would reccomend it! At the beginning the story it starts out flat and there isn't too much to it. But keep reading and it gets oh so much better! Brennan is a fourteen year old boy that goes on a camping trip with his mother, and her boyfriend. He sleeps a little further away from them and the youth group and stumbles across a skull. He is on a mission to know what the history behind the skull is and he isn't giving up! This book is wonderful, I think most will like it!
fatlamb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was very easy for me to get drawn into this book. The story was not spectacular or mind blowing but the author did a great job in the beginning by alternating between chapters and telling the story of two boys of similar age (14 years or so) 100 years apart. The story reminds me of an old-school approach, it did not have any fireworks, super hero strengths, or anything that would make it catchy/trend setting. It is a very simple story to follow, which allowed me to get to know the main character Brennan. A typical 14 year old boy, lives with his mom only, money is tight, and not the best social life. I began to really like Brennan as a person, he worked hard for his money, he wanted his mom to be happy (finding a new man), kept to himself at school, not the smartest kid but with some guidance of a teacher you can see a wealth of knowledge waiting to be tapped. The story takes a twist and turn when out camping with his mom and others finds a skull in the desert. He takes the skull home only to find it driving him crazy in the mind. Brennan begins to conduct some research and is able to make the connection of who this skull belongs to and how it got there. Four star-I enjoyed the history aspect of this book (Apache Indians, U.S. Army, the research to uncover the truths about the skull). I did not think the book was boring, it did a great job describing Brennan and his living situation and his newly skull predicament, It was also easy to want to like Brennan and watch him succeed. A nice overall message, put in some hard work and good things evolve. High School and Middle School read, a simple book enough to follow, especially for boys who have an interest in history and American Indians.
meki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Brennan who finds this skull in the Canyons and for some reason the skull is able to communicate with him.
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I read this in like 3 days because it was so good. Full of adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont pay any attention to those ugh reviews. They dont now what they are talking about. Everyone knows that Gary is a wonderful writer. As long as your up for adventure this is the book for you.
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Reads-alot1 More than 1 year ago
Canyons is about Brennan, a boy who goes on a camping trip with his mom, her friend Bill, and his youth group. He finds a skull under his sleeping mat. When he goes to a former teacher's house, one of the teacher's friends has a bunch of recorded history on the Apache tribe, AND Brennan finds out that the skull has a history of its own.

The first chapters switch on and off with Brennan and an Indian boy named Coyote Runs, who goes on his first raid. Brennan lives in this century, and Coyote Runs is from the 19th century. This made it confusing at the beginning, but it was very good at the end.

I would definitely recommend the book to people who like historic/realistic fiction and adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not great, but pretty good. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a break from the great big science fiction novels you may have been reading lately. This book doesn't take very long to read, which I like. Another quality is that it doesn't take long for the storyline to get up and moving either. The disappointment I had from reading this book was that it didn't live up to my expectations after reading Gary's other books. In particular the books that have to do with a teenage boy that is having problems in his homelife that is challenged mentally and physically. This fiction was still a fun read, but didn't quite have all the ingredients to make it a great novel. Still, I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a short, exciting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book although it was pretty easy to read and not very challenging. The book switches back and forth between a boy named Brian living in El Paso and a young indian boy that lived long before Brian. The book then blends the two stories into just one, where Brian discovers something related directly to the indian boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first the book was just a little consusing but after reading it for a while it got quite interesting. It starts out with a young indian boy travling then it shifts to a boy at the modern times. He finds the skull of the indian boy and keeps its not nowing it was his skull in the time before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is Half and Half. The plot is confusing and you will probably get lost if you even miss a couple sentences. Its an intresting idea of what Paulson wanted to express but it book could have been done in a better way. The exciting part of the book is in the end and some in the middle. I would recommend this book for those who want to read a book about sprital bonds but thats about all this book has to offer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The way this book was written, was not boring one bit. It was very suspenseful all the way through. The plot, on the other hand, was a little bit confusing, at least in the beginning Gary Pulsen¿s writing creativity has always been great, but he has not made a theme like this in a long time. The book had two tales closely intertwined; yet taking place a hundred years apart. All the pieces of the puzzle started to fit together on the journey through the canyon. The story is about two boys who are coming of age to become men. Both are separated by a canyon of time. Hold on reader, its quite a journey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brennan Cole and Coyote Runs( an Apache Indian) lives are somehow connected when Brennan,his mom , his mom's new boyfriend, and eight wild kids from church go camping in some canyons. Brennan finds the skull of Coyote Runs in the canyons and now races to put the skull in a place where Coyote Run's spirit can rest. Very Exiciting!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EPLICTICAL: EPIC BUT IN AN EPICER WAY
Guest More than 1 year ago
hi yah! The book called Canyons by Gary Paulsen is a very enjoyable book. My friends and I like this book that we nearly finished it in about a week or less! You might think that at the beginning the book might be a little dull, but during the middle of the story its very exciting, that u wanted to keep on reading. This is a book that talks about a boy named Brennan (14yr old boy) who found a skull while he is camping on a trip near Dog Canyon. I love this book, that i think everyone might enjoyed it!