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Erik is preparing for his first-ever hunting trip when he learns that his parents are being deployed to Iraq. A few days later, Erik is shipped off to North Dakota to live with Big Darrell and Oma, grandparents he barely knows. When Erik rescues a dog that's been stuck by a porcupine, Big Darrell says Erik can't keep him. But Erik has already named her Quill and can't bear to give her up. He decides to run away, taking the dog and a shotgun, certain that they can make it on their own out on the prairie.

In this story of adventure and survival, Erik learns about the challenges and satisfactions of living off the land, the power of family secrets, and the pain of losing what you love.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on May 10, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0374380015
ISBN-13: 9780374380014
19 Book Reviews
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  • EKThursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:25 am
    Very appropriate for 5th Graders
    • firebox
      fireboxThursday, September 25, 2014 at 9:41 am
      Fireball funny follow him has at the maze runner
    • Teddybear2Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:54 am
      This is so good and I am only on the 2 chapter
      • katie7457
        katie7457Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:34 am
        This book is very good I am not going to tell you what is about becousevi want you to read it
        • trme
          trmeFriday, April 11, 2014 at 11:40 am55 stars
          this a cool book i recomend this :-)
          • asjo
            asjoFriday, September 20, 2013 at 8:21 am
            nice book.
            • mike0916Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
              I think this book is awesome and it is really exciting. It has hunting,adventure, and freindship. I highly advise this book.
              • ktt206farmboy
                ktt206farmboyThursday, December 6, 2012 at 8:20 am55 stars
                I love this book I recommend this book to anyone who has read "Hatchet."
                • kt206farmboy
                  kt206farmboyThursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm55 stars
                  Wild life opened up what I really like to do hunt! Cynthia DeFelice thank you for writing this book for the world and especially me.