Gary Paulsen

Ages 9 to 11
20 January 2022
320 pages


From Gary Paulsen, the bestselling and much-loved author of Hatchet, comes another high-stakes survival story about a young boy on the knife-edge between life and death, where the raging seas meet a coastal wilderness.

When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives, an orphan named Leif is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe. He flees northward, following a wild, fjord-riven shore, thrown from one danger to the next, unsure of his destination. Yet the deeper into his journey he paddles, the closer Leif comes to his truest self as he connects to the heartbeat of the ocean, the pulse of the sea.

A stunning historical adventure with hints of Nordic mythology and an irresistible narrative pull, Northwind is Gary Paulsen at his captivating, adventuresome best.

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.