Ages 10 - 14
Carl and his cousin are lost and getting desperate when they find a shack hidden in the woods. It’s their only chance for shelter—but who could be living way out here? Then they see the Foxman. As he welcomes the boys, he grabs his mask—too late to hide his hideously mutilated face. Carl accepts his welcome, but is eager to leave the next morning. His cousin, however, will come back. There’s something about the Foxman he must know—about the tragedy that should have destroyed him, and the mystery of the wilderness that keeps him alive.
Beautiful story about self-discovery, family, and compassion. After being taken from his unfit family and placed in the care of his uncle, the narrator learns the ways of the woods: hunting and trapping. When a snowstorm leads him to remote cabin and an old veteran with a deformed face, he discovers friendship and trust in the most unlikely of places. One of my favorite of Gary Paulsen's many books. Simple, direct, yet powerful. The Foxman is a memorable read.
* Though this book is for young readers, the main characters are teenage boys, and there are allusions to teen sex and mention of teen pregnancy.