By Kathryn Lasky Illustrated by: Kevin Hawkes Ages 4-7 Publisher: Harcourt Brace, 1997
When the influenza epidemic strikes Duluth, Minnesota, in 1918, Marven's parents know they must send their son far away to keep him safe from the disease. So ten-year-old Marven boards a train headed for a logging camp in the great north woods, not knowing if he will ever see his family again. In the north, Marven finds a new world of towering trees, endless expanses of snow, and lumberjacks as big as grizzly bears. A city boy, Marven feels very alone among the enormous woodsmen-and then he meets Jean Louis, the burliest jack of all. Marven of the Great North Woods is a true story about a small Jewish boy and a bearish French Canadian lumberjack- and how they became friends under the most unusual circumstances.