Gary Paulsen is the author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books.
"Paulsen's writing talent makes the various minor characters and the technical detail he provides about the creation and use of a flintlock rifle interesting and understandable. It also makes his message unmistakable and powerful."
"Paulsen is at the peak of his powers in a book that is as shattering as the awful events it depicts. Unforgettable."