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For John Borne's family, hunting has nothing to do with sport or manliness. It's a matter of survival. Every fall John and his grandfather go off into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter. But this year John's grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. John tracks a doe for two days, but as he closes in on his prey, hFor John Borne's family, hunting has nothing to do with sport or manliness. It's a matter of survival. Every fall John and his grandfather go off into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter. But this year John's grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. John tracks a doe for two days, but as he closes in on his prey, he realizes he cannot shoot her. For John, the hunt is no longer about killing, but about life....

Title : Tracker
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ISBN : 9781416939405
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Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Tracker Reviews

  • Jade Nichole
    2019-04-18 23:25

    The book “Tracker” was written by Gary Paulsen. It's about a boy that goes on his own hunting trip to find food for his grandparents and finds a unique connection with a doe. In his head and heart, he feels as if he needs to let the doe live for his grandfather. When he comes home from the trip he finds his grandfather dead and he realizes that the connection between him and the doe did not mean anything at all and he becomes very upset because of his grandfather's death. He then tries to heal from sorrow.The characters of this book include John which is a 13 year old boy that lives with his grandparents since his parents died in a plane crash.John is very close with his grandfather, he does everything with him and the hunting season before winter, his grandfather is diagnosed with cancer and he can not go hunting this time. This book takes place on a farm in Minnesota. This is where John's grandparents live and he hunts on the land around it. The story setting switches from the farm to the woods.The book then describes the internal struggle in John’s head. The themes of this book I would say are the connection of nature and humans.I would recommend this book to any young male that enjoys the outdoors. I enjoyed it as well though, because of my passion for the outdoors.

  • Trevor Bosse
    2019-03-27 05:29

    The book Tracker is a very good book. Right now I'm reading a lot of Gary Paulsen books and this one is right at the top as far as I'm concerned. John is definitely my favorite character. John has been through so much considering both his parents died in a plane crash and now his grandfathers cancer crisis. The fact that him and his grandfather went hunting every year together and John had to do it by himself this time is crazy. I give this a rate of 4 stars.

  • Alex
    2019-04-16 01:07

    Do you like to read horrible, boring books. The book Tracker is about a kid named John Borne. His dad gets sick, so he has to go hunting by himself this season. I did not like this book because there is no action or feeling. I can not relate to the character, so I really do not like that. The last reason why I do not like this book is because it transfers from being funny to really serious. I recommend that you do not read this book.

  • Lillian_E2
    2019-04-12 00:26

    The novel Tracker written by Gary Paulsen is about 13 years old John that lives with his grandparents after his parents died in a plane crash. John is very close to his grandfather; he does everything with him. But this winter, his grandfather is diagnosed with cancer and he can't go hunting with him. John went on his own hunting trip to find food for his grandparents and finds a unique connection with a doe. After the trip, he found his grandfather died and tried to cope with the loss. The book's lesson is to value your time with your loved ones. Personally, this book reminded me of my grandfather. :) I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys nature and realistic fiction.

  • John Hubbard
    2019-04-24 02:29

    A beautiful description of hunting. The other parts of the story are weaker.

  • Orry
    2019-04-14 23:11

    I thought that “Tracker” was a good book to read, because it taught me that death is a scary thing to have happen in your life. Especially if it is a family member or close friend that is about to or already died. It also taught me that if you are strong enough you can keep on doing what you have been doing your whole life so far. PLOT: “Tracker” is about a thirteen year old boy, John Borne, who lives with his grandparents. His grandpa is about to die from cancer but he does not seem like he is dying. Everyday John goes out and does chores and his grandpa comes out later when he finishes his coffee. Then deer season comes around and John decides to do the morning chores then hit the woods after when his grandpa comes out. John knows a few different ways to hunt for deer. He tries to sit and wait for a deer and after that he walks through the woods to track down a deer. John finally tracked a deer down and it turned out to be a doe. the doe saw him and ran away so he had to track it down again. Once he tracked the deer down again he trips on a root of a tree and the doe stands up and stares at him ready to die but he can not pull the trigger. The deer is standing there waiting on John to shoot but then John sneezed and the deer ran off again and John decides to track it again. CHARACTERIZATION: John is a farm boy, who lives on his grandparent’s farm. Clay Borne, John’s grandpa, has ruddy cheeks, a head of white hair, clear eyes, and steady hands. They are both main characters. John’s grandma is not talked about a whole lot so she is not a main character.SETTING:“Tracker” has no specific town, city or state but takes place on a farm and in the woods. “Tracker” also has no specific time period but it is probably during the 1950’s because on the farm there were tractors but not very big ones.Theme:The author’s message I think was death is scary to give or take in your life. You can still live your life to the fullest after a family member or close friend dies. I would recommend “Tracker” to seventh grade and above because some of the events that take place in the book are mature. Both males and females would enjoy this book even though its about farming and hunting.

  • Sheriden Haase
    2019-04-13 02:30

    Plot: This book is about John working of the family farm, milking cows. John lives with his grandparents because John’s parents were killed when he was a young boy. John finds out that his grandfather is dying. This hurts John very deeply and his grandfather doesn't want to do a family tradition, which is deer hunting on opening day. John wanders out looking for his first victim. Little did he know, he wasn't coming back for three days. Instead John tracked a doe for miles through the thick snow, trying to actually touch her. Characterization: The main character is John. John is about 17 years old. He does not go to school because he needs to tend the family farm and help his grandfather. John is very outgoing, he loves to deer hunt, and he cares about his family more than anything.Setting: The story is mainly about John chasing a doe for miles and miles through brittle cold temperatures all because he thinks if he places his hand on the deer, his grandfather will get healthier and live longer than two months. John at the end does touch the deer, the doe and John are so tired that they both fall down heaving and don't move. The story takes place on a small farm in the middle of nowhere. The specific location is not worded. Thematic Connection: I believe the theme is to never give up on what you believe in. I think also helping others out when they need help, it may be financially or physically in life. He was very determined to do it pet the deer and he does it. I know I can connect with this. I wanted a job and I worked hard to get it and proved by working hard it happens in life and I never give up on anything that I do.Recommendation: I recommend this book to freshmen and up. The reason for that is because I feel that it is a good book to learn good morals from. I think both girls and boy would enjoy it. I liked this book, it is pretty easy to follow along. I believe that Gary Paulsen know how to make a book easily readable. I give it a five star rating.

  • Louis Knecht
    2019-04-18 02:13

    I thought that “Tracker” was an okay book. Overall, it was a good book. It just had parts that did not make much sense to me.In the plot there were a lot of interesting things that happened to the main character, John. John’s parents died when he was a baby, and he lived with his grandparents. John’s grandfather was diagnosed with cancer and was going to die. John could not understand how that could happen to someone as kind and caring as his grandpa. In John’s family they were all big hunters. When deer hunting season came along, John’s grandpa told John he had to hunt by himself. John was okay with that, but one night he was doing his farm chores and saw a doe. This doe was different than others in the sense that it didn't run away right away. It just stared at John, and John stared back. The next morning John woke up very early to go deer hunting. When he got out to his land he started to walk and he heard a noise. It was a deer that jumped up when he walked by. It was winter at the time, so it was easy to track. John tracked it until he finally saw it, but it ran away before he could get a shot. He could tell it was the same doe he saw the other night. John continued to track it until he saw it again. That time the deer was surprised, so John could have shot it. But, he just couldn't kill it. He continued to track it, but he left his gun in a tree because he knew he couldn't kill it. He tracked it for two and a half days strait because he wanted to touch it. He felt that if he touched it he would cheat death, and his grandpa wouldn't die. He finally caught up to it. He touched it because it was so tired, and so was he from running two and a half days strait. Then he went back to his farm and told his grandpa the story. His grandpa was very proud of him for touching a live deer. He said that was something he would take with him.I would recommend this book to middle and high school age males that like hunting. I would recommend it to them because the main character is a male who hunts, but shows that hunting is about more than just killing.

  • Amanda Childs
    2019-04-03 02:19

    AUDIOBOOK CATEGORYGARY PAULSEN CATEGORYJohn's grandfather is dying. But John cannot accept that reality, and finds it hard to understand how cancer can take life away so slowly that he cannot even notice the death until it finally comes. Every year, John and his grandfather hunt deer to make meat for the winter, and John usually looks forward to hunting with his grandfather. But this year, John's grandfather sends John out to the woods to hunt alone. By himself, John encounters a deer, but finds he cannot shoot it. Instead, he walks the deer down, tracking it for two days and a night, until both he and the deer are so spent physically and emotionally that they collapse, at which point John touches the deer, feeling he has cheated death and therefore saved the spirit of his grandfather. Returning, John makes peace with death and his grandfather's illness, and brings satisfaction and peace to his grandfather with the story of having walked down the deer. In some ways, this novel feels like a short story. The action takes place over the course of a few days, and is mainly centered around the actions of tracking in the woods. While there is character growth and beautiful, poetic writing, the story seems almost sped up, as though a vignette taken from a larger coming of age story, than an actual coming of age story. This said, I think the book might really interest a certain demographic of teenage boy, especially the hunting/fishing/outdoorsy/farm teen, that may have a hard time getting through longer books. In the audiobook format, this novel seems even more poetic to me, and has almost a soothing quality to it, like something you might use to wind down in the evening before bed. I especially appreciated Paulsen's skill at describing the nature and John's interaction with the other animals he encounters, not just the deer.

  • Ivan
    2019-04-20 04:16

    It was a tradition for John Borne to go deer hunting every year with his grandfather. This year was different. Only a young boy, John had to go through the hardship of his grandfather battling cancer. Could you imagine being a child with no parents and your only adult male figure is on his last leg? John did all he could to help out around his grandparents' farm. He tried to keep his mind off of his grandfathers' sickness but he never could. When deer season came around John had no other option but to go out hunting by himself. Then, his excursion led him on a journey he never bargained for. John learned that sometimes in life you have to accept things and let them happen. He learned this because he had to accept the fact that his elder grandparent was about to pass away. I wanted to read this book because I heard it was a good outdoors book that had a great story behind it. I can relate to this book because it is a tradition for the guys in my family to go deer hunting together every year. I couldn't imagine having to leave some one behind next year. I can relate to John because he and I are both relentless when it comes to hunting and other things in life. The book certainly lived up to it's promise. I heard the book was good but I didn't expect it to be as entertaining as it was. You should read this book if you want a coming-of-age story about a kid who loves the outdoors. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels there is more to hunting than just the sport. You should not read this book if you find hunting offensive. This book isn't for some one who might be sensitive to terminal illnesses.

  • Dan Tews
    2019-03-30 05:05

    "Tracker" is a great book for people that like an outdoors setting book. A boy named John in this book goes out hunting for the first time on his own and tries to get meat for his grandparents. He sets out on a adventure of a lifetime and finds a special deer that drives him to get the deer. It would be a great read for a small book for class or if you are bored on the weekend. I recommend this book to everyone. This book is a very easy read; there are no big words and it is an easy book to follow and understand. It would make a great book for kids, or even teens. If you could get your hands on this book, do it soon because it is a great read for this weekend.

  • Luke Radtke
    2019-03-25 04:30

    I thought this book had a good story line because there is a lot of things people can relate to in the "Tracker". The boys family gets torn apart due to the death of the boys grandpa which this book would help people to find the values in life even after the death of a family member. The "Tracker" was a big eye opener that bad things can happen to good people and it could happen to you at any point in your life. The "Tracker" helped to teach me the values of family and life over all. I would recommend this book to all ages from 10-65, boys or girls, and people that value life in the world.

  • Codys
    2019-04-13 05:14

    I had very high expectations for this book because I love hunting so I read a hunting book. A kid named john living with his grandma and grandpa on a farm and his grandpa has cancer and jogn loves the farm. John love working on the farm and a very quiut boy. John has to go hunting all by himself for the first time. John wants to find the deer that he saw out the window of the house, he thinks its a nice deer. He tracks the deer for two days and finnily gets it. I disliked it a lot because he did not shoot the derr he only touched it.

  • 1300tay 3m_tay1300
    2019-04-14 02:04

    I think this book is dumb i don't even know what it is talking aabout and like 20 pages missing. NO GOOD

  • Henry Lam
    2019-04-13 00:12

    The book was very good, it did make me have to look up in the dictionary sometimes, but overall, the book wasn't as complicated and boring as I thought.

  • Harrison
    2019-04-06 07:13

    Death, death must be cheated to help grandfather. That's all John wanted, no death. That's what he wants with his grandfather, just a normal day out in the woods. The conflict and the setting through this book is interesting and confusing giving it that good twist. All in all the Borne family will continue. The setting throughout adds excitement of what's hiding and what's coming. As John entered the Pines on the island he stopped once more and listened, letting his eyes work ahead through the underbrush.(Paulsen 54) This supports it by giving us a taste of what’s happening. The sun was high, light sparkled all around, caught in the ice crystals as he stepped, showering his way with gold.(Paulsen 54) This supports it by telling us a feeling and what he was seeing. But when it comes down to it, always beware of your environment. The conflict in this book is very hard and tough on John, giving us conflict as well. He must own-love-touch the doe and when that happened his grandfather would not die.(Paulsen 79) If I touch the deer, death will be cheated. This supports it by telling us what's the surroundings are. Also when going about, be happy, there will always be sadness to take you down. But all in the end, the Borne family will go on. The point of this is to say keep going and never give up on the good. Throughout this book there are many conflicts, setting factors that can affect how the book goes so always keep reading. When it comes to it, family is key.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-17 00:07

    I started off liking this story, but as it went on it got weirder and then just plain messed up.Thirteen-year-old John goes out hunting deer alone for the first time. The previous three years he has hunted alongside his grandfather Clay, but Clay is now suffering a terminal cancer and stays at home this year. John thinks that maybe if he doesn't let himself think about what is coming, his grandfather won't die. While out hunting, he tracks a deer, but can't seem to kill her. Somehow he starts to think of the deer as his grandfather, then as himself, and finally, as some sort of talisman against death. If he can just make her his, touch her, somehow he will have won against death. He tracks her for a day and a half, wearing her out until she collapses, just so he can touch her.I found John's logic, well, really illogical. I get that he's in emotional pain, doesn't want to believe his grandfather will die, and doesn't know how to deal with it, but really, tracking a deer almost to death and all the while thinking it's because he loves her, wants to make her his, and feels he has to touch her? Disturbing.

  • Nathan Patterson
    2019-04-03 23:33

    The book "Tracker" by Gary Paulsen is one of the best books I have ever read. With a plot that I could relate to it made it nearly impossible to put the book down. I really enjoyed the book because once it got going it stayed good. Most books near the end will begin to get dull but this book did not, I was intrigued the whole time. Another part I liked is how the book was fairly short making it easier to stay in the book.My favorite part to this book is when John first sees the doe out in the woods and how the author was able to put the image of this shining doe that had looked as if it were made of solid gold in the sunlight. The main objective through out the book is for John to track this doe. He does this for two full days and 3 nights driving him almost into the ground. My least favorite part is when John milks the cow and begins to cry, I believed they did not need to have to do this to express Johns grief with his grandpa's terminal cancer. Overall the book track was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone who would ask about it.

  • Jarrett Wieringa
    2019-04-17 04:22

    I read the book tracker by Gary Paulsen because I needed to read a book for English class and I saw this one and it looked pretty short and easy to read. I had also read several other Gary Paulsen books in the past and I liked them so I thought why not give this one a try. During this book the part I enjoyed the most was when Jon finally touched the deer after tracking it for a few days and he didn't kill it. I would recommend you read this book if you are into outdoors types of things and if you have read any other books by Gary Paulsen it is a good story that's an easy read that has a good meaning behind the story.

  • Wamer15
    2019-03-28 23:30

    I liked Tracker. It wasn't my favorite Gary Paulsen book. John has to live with grandparents because his mother and father died in a plane crash. He goes on hunts with his grandpa. His grandpa is diagnosed with cancer so he has to hunt by himself. He hunts a doe and keeps missing and missing her. He comes to believe that the doe has magical powers that will heal his grandpa. He tries to get close and touch to transfer it's powers to his grandpa. Most of his books are realistic but this one is a little far fetched. That is why i gave it three stars.

  • Chase
    2019-03-28 23:34

    The book Tracker by Gary Paulsen is about a boy going through a tough time i n his live. His grandfather is dying and he has to do the annual hunting trip alone. Along the way he finds a doe who he tracks for a couple days johns mind starts making connections about his grandfather and the deer. I thought the book and it had good detail showing how john is going through this troubling time in his life but also it did have some boring points in it.

  • Sq211911
    2019-04-23 00:29

    John lives with his grandparents in a farm. Every year john and his grandpa go out dear hunting in dear sense But this year John's grandpa is dying so he has to hunt alone,but what John doesn't know that his going to learn more about life then death.This book was good because the dialog was nice and the story was perfect and it was even better for me because I have a good imagination. I recommend this to teens, young adults or people who have good imagination.

  • Arianna Perez
    2019-03-31 05:27

    Spoiler Alters: Boring sorry if you read this comment before you read the book but death didn't get cheated and he didn't bring meat he just touched the deer. The beginning is good then after the part about deer season, it's hard to follow also a little slow and best for third or fourth graders I read it in sixth grade and hated it.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-11 06:12

    If Wendell Berry could bring himself to write a book about hunting, I imagine it might be something a little like Paulsen's hunting and survival books. "We take meat," he (John's grandfather) told John, watching the man drive away. "That's all we do- we take meat with a gun. It doesn't make you a man. It doesn't make you anything to kill. We make meat, that's all."

  • Tahni
    2019-04-08 00:21

    This may be a fairly simple and straight forward premise for a book but wow does this story pack a punch. The sixth grade kids I read this book with really enjoyed it, really got into it and had some wonderful discussions about it. Very vivid, very evocative. Crisp, clear language with a lot of layers to be explored.

  • Evelyn
    2019-04-07 03:21

    Tracker by Gary Paulsen. Very good book about deer hunting and how hunters feel about killing. When the Grandfather is dying from cancer it affects everyone in a different way and opens a whole new way of looking at life.

  • Summer Lane
    2019-04-01 23:14

    Gary Paulsen knows how to write about the woods and the creatures to be found there, that's for sure. This is a very short story about one boy's deer hunt, and the things he learns along the way.

  • Ella
    2019-04-13 06:06

    The ending wasn’t that great and there was a lot of words I didn’t know.

  • Robert
    2019-03-29 03:10

    This is nothing like Hatchet or anything else in Brian's Saga. It contradicts itself and everything I've come to associate with Mr. Paulsen.Full review at ReadingOverTheShoulder on May.22.2017

  • Chris
    2019-04-11 23:25

    Excellent story! Great book for boys to read, especially if they like to hunt. I recommend this book to everyone ages 11+.