Review: Lost in the Barrens

Lost in the Barrens
Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent tale of adventure and survival. Two boys get separated from their hunting party and stranded when their canoe is wrecked. They must survive the oncoming winter and make their way back home. We did this as a family read-aloud and everyone was gripped by it.

I enjoy Mowat’s books. If I understand correctly, though this is a fictional story, the techniques for survival in these conditions are true to life. Mowat was a naturalist and his environmental views are peppered here and there, but I found them barely distracting. This is a fun and gripping read. I recommend it.

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