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Published: 1/11/2022

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 0374314209

Book Review ⭐️⭐️💫


Gary Paulsen

Ages 10-14

256 Pages

Pub Day – January 11, 2022

Northwind is the story of an orphaned boy who lived in unfortunate circumstances. When Cholera hits, he is sent away, with another younger boy, in a carved-out canoe. The rest of the story tells of his life traveling from island to island. 

My Thoughts 

I am a fan of Gary Paulsen’s work, so it is hard for me to say I didn’t love this one. 

Leif’s story is told in the third person point of view. I feel it took away from the story. I couldn’t immerse myself in it or even connect with Leif. 

Although he went from island to island, the experiences he faced were quite mundane and repetitive. Even when he was in danger, I couldn’t get into the story. 

At the end, Gary Paulsen writes about how his past brought this story about. He has a love of sailing & the sea which began with stories his grandmother told him. The story made a bit more sense to me after reading this, but I still didn’t care for it. 

If you are a Gary Paulsen fan, go ahead and read this. Let me know your opinion. Just because it doesn’t float my boat doesn’t mean it won’t float yours. 😉🛶

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing this ebook to read and review. 



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