Gary Paulsen Writing Styles in Canyons

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Point of View

The novel is told in the third person omniscient point of view. There are two narrating characters in this novel. The novel begins with a chapter written in the point of view of Coyote Runs, a young Apache Indian boy who has just learned he will be allowed to participate in his first raiding party. The chapters then alternate for a time between chapters written in Coyote Runs' voice with chapters written in the point of view of Brennan Cole, a modern day boy who will find the skull of Coyote Runs.

The point of view of this novel allows the reader to see events through the eyes of the two main characters, Coyote Runs and Brennan Cole. Coyote Runs dies early in the novel, but his presence continues throughout the novel, impacting the experiences of Brennan Cole. For this reason, the author has told Coyote...

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