Author Paulsen, Gary.
Language English
New York: Ember, 2011


Finding a skull on a camping trip in the canyons outside El Paso, Texas, fifteen-year-old Brennan becomes involved with the fate of a young Apache Indian who lived in the late 1800s.

Subjects :

  • Fiction
  • Supernatural
  • Apache Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Spirits
  • Children's stories, American
  • Adventure and adventurers

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Eleventh Edition, 1992 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Young Adults' Choices, 1992 International Reading Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1991 Winner United States
  • Jefferson Cup Award, 1991 Worthy of Special Note Virginia

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Golden Sower Award, 1993; Nominee Nebraska
  • Lone Star Reading List, 1991-1992; Reading List Texas
  • Texas Reading Club, 2002; Texas
  • Utah Children's Book Awards, 1993; Nominee Utah
  • Young Adult Reading Program, 1992; South Dakota
  • Mark Twain Award, 1992-1993; Nominee Missouri
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1996; Nominee Illinois
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 1993; Nominee South Carolina

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Reading Measurement Programs:

9780440210238, 0440210232
Dell: (New York:) 1991.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.5
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 930
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 8

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Reviews :

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1990)
An Apache boy on the verge of manhood is brutally executed by Army patrols; over 100 years later a contemporary 15-year-old finds his shattered skull and--responding to a compelling inner voice emanating from the skull--begins a journey to vindicate and give rest to its troubled spirit, somehow knowing that he must carry out this task in order to regain his own peace. The phrase "I am to be a man," reiterated in the first chapter, induces some poetic and semantic resonance but is also an example of the uncurtailed writing that nearly dims this tale. Still, readers patient enough to survive the repetitive ruminations, the too-deliberate epicycles, and the unlikely details (especially a library that, as a friendly gesture, ships seven large boxes of photocopied data--and a boy who can find the crucial bit therein in one night) will be rewarded with an insightful, sympathetic vignette of the tragic end of a life, plus an intriguing glimpse of the contrast between what really happens and the clues that are left behind. 1990, Delacorte, $14.95. © 1990 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Brennan is a young loner of the type that will be instantly familiar to Paulsen fans. Coyote Runs is a 19th-century Apache boy who was murdered during the raid that was to mark his entry into manhood. The two boys' stories come together when Brennan unearths Coyote Runs's skull and grows obsessed with the Apache's history. A sort of psychic link is forged, and Brennan learns that Coyote Runs's spirit will have no rest until his skull is taken to a sacred spot in the canyons. Brennan therefore undertakes a grueling and unusual journey which serves as a modern-day coming-of-age ritual. Terse language keeps the story moving at a brisk pace. This novel is not as engrossing as Hatchet , nor is it likely to appeal to as wide an audience. However, readers with an appetite for Paulsen's blend of nature and mysticism will overlook Canyons 's predictable plot and find much to savor in its spirit. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
A psychic link is forged between a 19th-century Apache boy and Brennan, a 15-year-old on a camping trip who undertakes a grueling journey. ``Terse language keeps the story moving at a brisk pace,'' PW commented. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Dell:Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1991 c1990.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Ember, 2011

Media Type: Language Material
184 p. ;
PZ7.P2843 ([Fic])
London: Macmillan Children's Books, 1996

Media Type: Language Material
153p. ;
Originally published Dell 1990.
New York: Dell:, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
184 p. ;
"Laurel-leaf books."
New York: Dell Publishing, 1990

Media Type: Language Material
184 p.
PZ7.P2843 ([Fic])
New York: Delacorte Press, 1990

Media Type: Language Material
184 p. ;
PZ7.P2843 ([Fic])

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