Title: The Boy Who Ran
Author: Michael Selden
Genre: Middle Grade Native American Culture
Number of Pages: 160
Synopsis: IPPY Gold Medal Winner, Juvenile Fiction for 2014
The sole survivor when his village was massacred, the boy spends his days alone in the woods, feeling more kinship with the animals than with the people who took him in but never really accepted him.
THE BOY WHO RAN is a middle grade novel about a Native American orphan trying to find a place in the world. It's written like a parable, following the boy's struggle to be seen and treated like one of The People.
Until now, he's been satisfied to live in his own world, not really paying attention to what the others did. He's had one overwhelming obsession: to run faster than anyone else and to do so in absolute silence as he moves through the forest, like a ghost.
It's been seven years since he was found hungry and bleeding by a hunting party after escaping the massacre. The villagers think his mind is broken and as half animal—they don't know exactly what to do with him but are kind hearted and make sure he's fed and sheltered.
The story is set six thousand years ago in the mid-archaic period in North American.
You can read my review of The Boy Who Ran here.