Canyons by Gary Paulsen is a book written about a young boy who finds a skull on a camping trip and it seems to give him mental messages about where he. 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. Brennan is a young loner of the type that will be instantly familiar to Paulsen fans. Canyons. Gary Paulsen, Author Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers.

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Canyons main or major themes have also received positive reviews Random House wrote that “Two boys, separated by the canyons of time and two vastly different cultures, face the challenges by which they will become men. Paperbackpages. Coyote Runs, an Apache boy, takes part in his first raid — the one that will usher him into manhood.

Brennan snaps awake in the night in paklsen panic, thoughts racing through his head that aren’t his own. Get Canyons from Amazon. He’ll never take life for granted again. Brennan returns home only to discover his mother has found the canyone. I felt that the ending seemed a bit rushed, especially towards the end when Brennan’s gaary was telling him so specifically where to place the skull and how quickly this had been accomplished.

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However, all of the pieces of Brennan’s story just so happened to conveniently line up so that he is able to help the spirit. Not “sinking” like bad, but sinking like good.


Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific. Refresh and try again. Brennan hides the skull in his backpack and takes it home with him. It also shows how good at running Bennon was because he had to run for miles in the desert. That was a cool perspective to read it in. I may not have remembered the story, but I still remember the feeling I had after pauulsen, that hard to explain sinking feeling.

Another theme paaulsen this book is having the lack of a father figure in life. In a grueling journey through the canyon to return the skull, Brennan confronts the challenge of his life. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

May 05, LaRae Steen rated it liked it. The structure of the gaey alternates perspectives with each chapter, so the reader bounces back and forth from toroughly. All his potential to serve his tribe is lost. Set up a giveaway. Some connections were that they were both fourteen and they both wanted to become a man.

Brennan withdraws to a space under a boulder to sleep – and finds the skull. It is an easy read in time and vocabulary. Brennan decides to turn to an old teacher for help with the skull. Showing of 64 reviews. I would recommend this book to everyone because it has a good story.

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When he is trying to go to sleep, he feels something under his sleeping bag. He gets shot in the head during his first raid that would, if successful, make him a man among his Apache tribe.

In this novel, Brennan Cole is a hardworking fifteen year old who tries to avoid the many men who come in and out of his mother’s life. Top Reviews Cnayons recent Top Reviews. Dec 11, Mitchell Larkin rated it really liked it. Canyons by Gary Paulsen. Brannon hides the skull and takes it home with him.


Please help us feed and educate children by uploading your old homework! After a librarian gave him a book to read–along with his own library card–he was hooked.

Gary Paulsen’s Canyons: Summary & Analysis

When Brennan gets a mystical link that proves the skull is Coyote’s Run. Coyote Runs, an Apache boy, takes part in his first raid. This may seem a bit confusing at first, but because Gary Paulsen does such a good job on switching between character to character, the story flows very smoothly. His knowledge of Dog Canyon is limited, but John Homesley, a biology teacher at his high school, might be able to help. In the beginning of the book it tells about a young indian boy named Coyote Runs.

They both are the main characters. Brennan’s personality is a kind of shy kid who feels free when he runs and he loves to run but since him and his mom dont have enough money he has to work and mow lawns for Stony Romero. Lists with This Book. At home, Brennan examines the skull closer, measuring it and comparing it to his own head, leaving him convinced the skull belonged to someone his own age.

Although there appears to be a bullet hole in the skull, Brennan believes it is too old to be a recent crime.