Book cover for Northwind


Ages 9 to 11



17 February 2022
256 pages
Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books


Gary Paulsen’s final novel, ‘Northwind’ — a tale of survival as masterfully understated as the man himself — brings the author’s career, and his life, full circle . . . Paulsen, who died in October, was not only a master storyteller, but also a master world-builder. Leif’s trip north is ‘a movement through worlds.’ And although these worlds are earthly ones, they’re as fresh and surprising as distant stars.
A voyage both singular and universal, marked by sharply felt risks and rewards and deep waters beneath.
Paulsen once again demonstrates his extraordinary knowledge of nature and the outdoors . . . Beautifully written, it’s classic Paulsen at his best.
Spare, survival-oriented prose keeps the reader immersed in scenes difficult and wondrous, offering a glimpse of the sheer awesomeness of nature, showcasing the beauty of the sea and its inhabitants, and regaling readers with a timeless and irresistible adventure that has resilience at its heart.