The White Fox Chronicles [NOOK Book]

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The year is 2057. Endless wars have torn the USA apart and enslaved Americans to the CCR, the Confederation of Consolidated Republics. Growing up in the wasteland of war has made 14-year-old Cody Pierce wise in survival skills, and now he's the White Fox, rebel leader of the children's barracks in a CCR prison camp. Once he escapes, life with the underground teaches him new skills in weaponry and strategy as he plays cat-and-mouse with the CCR. Every day brings him closer to capture, as well as to his goal: to ...
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Overview

The year is 2057. Endless wars have torn the USA apart and enslaved Americans to the CCR, the Confederation of Consolidated Republics. Growing up in the wasteland of war has made 14-year-old Cody Pierce wise in survival skills, and now he's the White Fox, rebel leader of the children's barracks in a CCR prison camp. Once he escapes, life with the underground teaches him new skills in weaponry and strategy as he plays cat-and-mouse with the CCR. Every day brings him closer to capture, as well as to his goal: to return and liberate the children he left behind.

From the Hardcover edition.

Having been imprisoned when the Confederation of Consolidated Republics, a foreign power, conquered Los Angeles in 2056, fourteen-year-old Cody escapes and endures hardship to become the underground hero the White Fox.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
THE WHITE FOX CHRONICLES Gary Paulsen. DellLaurel-Leaf, $5.50 ISBN 0-440-41248-X. PW said, Plotted much like a shoot-'em-up computer game, this story set in 2057 hurtles through hairbreadth rescues and encounters with loyal American fighters and bloodcurdlingly evil Confederation of Consolidated Republics soldiers. The dialogue is pure B-movie. Ages 10-14. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Plotted much like a shoot-'em-up computer game, this often violent adventure shows the Newbery Honor author at his least literary. It is 2057, and the Confederation of Consolidated Republics CCR has decimated the United States America's downfall, readers learn, has been precipitated by military cutbacks and the elimination of the CIA. The eponymous White Fox is Cody Pierce, a 14-year-old whose intelligence, ability to master military skills and sheer endurance would make him the envy of even a comic-book superhero a comparison underscored by the graphics-style cover treatment. Confined to a prison camp and supposedly being indoctrinated in CCR thinking, "in a cleansing experiment much like the one Hitler had tried with the youth of Germany," Cody has actually been hatching an escape plan. When a U.S. pilot from a well-organized resistance unit is captured and brought to the prison, Cody knows he must save her along with himself. The story line hurtles through hairbreadth rescues and encounters with loyal American fighters and bloodcurdlingly evil CCR soldiers as Cody shoots, punches and detonates his way out of the prison camp and back again, to even the score with his former captors. The dialogue is pure B-movie "What is this foolish patriotism you Americans possess? Why would you be willing to be tortured?" and, as in a B-movie, readers can cheer on the good guys without ever fearing that they might not triumph in the end. Ages 9-14. June Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
To quote KLIATT's May 2000 review of Escape: In the year 2057, much of the U.S. has been taken over by the repressive Confederation of Consolidated Republics (CCR). Except for some small rebel holdouts, most of the population has been virtually enslaved. Cody, age 14, is laboring in a prison camp, where he is known as the White Fox for his white-blond hair. Secretly, however, he plots to escape, using the lock-picking skills he has picked up. When the CCR capture a rebel pilot, Cody manages to break out of the prison camp with her, survive in the surrounding desert, and steal a plane so that they can get back to the rebel base. We leave Cody preparing to return to the prison camp to save the children he left behind, setting the stage for Book 2, Return. This thrilling adventure is a sure bet for action and war story fans as well as reluctant readers. Readers will be caught up in brave Cody's plight from the start, and will likely devour this fast-paced novel in one gulp. Paulsen, author of Hatchet and many other YA novels, excels at survival tales, and he doesn't waste a word in this gutsy, grimy, gory tale of a heroic teen who uses his wits as well as his wilderness skills to evade a nasty enemy. The comic-book-style cover art will help attract readers. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Random House, Laurel-Leaf, 282p.,
— Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature
The year is 2057 and the United States seems to be nothing more than military bases employing captured Americans for the nourishment of the CCR--Confederation of Consolidated Republics, a Hitler-esque type of operation. Cody Pierce, a.k.a. The White Fox, has learned the language and ways of the CCR enough to earn the trust of their leaders. They, in turn, allow him to be in situations usually reserved for the elite of this regime, enabling Cody to gather critical information. Cody uses his wit and wisdom to escape from his captors in a maneuver to free himself and a prominent American military figure, and he escorts her to safety. He subsequently realizes he must be loyal to his best friend and the children left back in the barracks, and embarks on a perilous return. The book is action-packed and fast paced, to the delight of readers who are easily bored with reading. However, the descriptive violence and gruesome details serve as unnecessary drama--especially in today's society. Gary Paulsen is a prolific author whose material is a staple among Young Adult collections. Unfortunately, this does not measure up to his previous quality works. 2000, Delacorte Press,
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-By 2057, most of the war-torn United States has been taken over by the Confederation of Consolidated Republics. In "Escape," the first section of this novel in three parts, Cody Pierce, a 14-year-old inmate at a CCR prison camp, has learned to play along with the Nazi-like brainwashing while secretly plotting to get away. A favorite of the officers, he has been nicknamed the White Fox because of his pale blond hair. After a daring escape, he and a fellow inmate struggle through the desert to a secret U.S. base. In "Return," the protagonist assists a covert weapons operation in the theft of a shipment of CCR arms. After the base is discovered and destroyed, Cody returns to the brutal prison camp. In "Breakout," he exacts his vengeance and rescues the inmates. Paulsen has created a courageous hero who relies on his wits to survive, and whose take-charge approach and enviable skills will appeal to readers. Be aware, however, that the book contains many violent scenes: lots of shooting, explosions, and deaths. While the characters have little depth, the constant action will make this story popular with both avid and reluctant readers.-Trish Anderson, Pinkerton Elementary School, Coppell, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307804211
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 354,111
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books. There are over 5 million copies of his titles in print, including Soldier’s Heart and Brian’s Return.

From the Paperback edition.

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Chapter 1

Fourteen-year-old Cody Pierce stopped hoeing the rectangular patch of dirt the camp guards called a vegetable garden. Nothing really edible grew in it anyway and the weeds could wait.

Something was up. He could feel it. The tower guards were standing at full attention and those on the ground were edging toward the main buildings.

The camp commander, Colonel Sidoron, burst through the door of his office, buttoning the shirt of his green army fatigues. An aide ran along beside him holding up a mirror. Sidoron looked in it quickly, ran his hand through his short black beard and then brushed the aide aside.

The lanky white-blond boy in the vegetable garden leaned on his hoe, watching the bustle through gray eyes.

A U.S. Army utility vehicle with a CCR flag painted over the white star on the door boiled down the dirt road toward the prison camp. It was followed by a transport truck and another utility vehicle.

Two guards ran to open the wooden gates. The three vehicles sped into the compound and stopped in a cloud of dust near the porch, where the commander stood waiting.

Sidoron threw out his chest and tried to act the part of a dignified leader as he made his way to the back of the transport truck, but his hurried step gave him away. He barked an order and the tailgate was immediately lowered. A soldier grabbed a small, compact woman by the hair and dragged her out of the back of the truck.

Cody could see that she was young and that she was badly wounded. Her long brown hair was matted with dried blood. There was caked blood on her face. One arm hung limply by her side.

The commander asked her a question that Cody couldn't make out. Apparently he didn't like her answer. He backhanded the prisoner so hard she fell against the truck.

The woman didn't cry out. Instead she slowly rose and faced her attacker in silence. The commander barked another order and the soldiers pushed the prisoner up the steps to the interrogation room.

Cody untied the dirty red bandanna from around his forehead, shook his unkempt shoulder-length hair and wiped his grimy face with the back of his hand.

He thought about the woman. While he admired her spirit, he knew that it was only a matter of time until they broke her. He'd been in this camp for eighteen months, ever since Los Angeles had fallen in 2056, and he'd seen plenty of hard cases reduced to quivering idiots before the CCR--the Confederation of Consolidated Republics--was through.

Still, he'd made it his business to stay on top of things and he wondered what it was about this particular woman that had them all so excited.

"Don't get too curious, kid. These guys don't play around.''

Cody shifted his gaze. Luther Swift was carrying a bucket filled with human excrement in each hand. It was his job to dump the makeshift toilets used in the barracks every morning and evening. In between he dug temporary latrines and covered them up again when they were full.

Luther was a nuclear scientist. He had been a fairly handsome man until the CCR gouged out his right eye because he refused to reveal the location of a nuclear research laboratory. In the end they got their information.

"You know me, Luther,'' Cody said, trying not to move his lips too much. "I mind my own business.''

It was against the rules for prisoners to talk to each other, so Luther walked on. Quietly he muttered, "See to it that you keep it that way. I don't much feel like picking up your pieces today.''

Cody started hoeing again. He thought about his life in the old days before the takeover and wondered if there was anyone he knew still alive on the outside.

The CCR had control of more than three-fourths of the United States and its members considered themselves intellectually and physically superior to all Americans. After all, it was their stockpile of nuclear and chemical weapons that made all this possible. By concentrating their efforts into misleading the people of the United States into believing that their motives were harmless, the CCR had been able to buy property and plant spies in strategic places until everything was ready for the takeover.

The first missile took out Washington, D.C., and most of Virginia. The President, Congress and the Pentagon simply ceased to exist. Without leadership, the states began to panic and one by one to fall.

The United States government had made it easy for them. Years before, the military had been cut back to a mere skeleton of what it had been during the cold war and the CIA had practically been disbanded. Never in their wildest dreams had the country's leaders considered the newly formed nation of the CCR a threat.

Bombings and mass murder had wiped out whole cities. Except for small rebel holdouts, the CCR had succeeded in reducing the citizens of what used to be the most powerful nation in the world to little more than slaves of the new republic.

Sidoron's prison camp was not unlike hundreds of others across the nation. There were twenty barracks inside the compound. One housed the commander's office and special quarters. The cooks, medical personnel and laundry were behind the office. Two buildings were for the guards, and the rest held prisoners.

Most of the inmates were civilians like Luther whom the CCR had left alive because they might have something valuable to contribute to the new world order. Others had been allowed to live to serve as laborers for the cause, but they never seemed to last long. The soldiers were permitted to shoot and torture them at their own discretion.

Then there were the children. One whole barracks was devoted to American children of all races. Not that they didn't shoot children too. But a few of the lucky ones were involved in a cleansing experiment much like the one Hitler had tried with the youth of Germany. They had been taken from their parents and forced to attend daily classes designed to brainwash them into the correct attitude about the new government.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Chey

    The white fox is an awesome book. Poeple you have too read the book Tuck Everlasting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Read this post

    This book has plenty of action it but it also has alot of heart once u pick ot up u won't be able to set it down garanteed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Awesome

    I lovthis vooke

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Even though I like the first two parts, the third one was good b

    Even though I like the first two parts, the third one was good but I don't know, expected more I guess. Anyway, this one was really good. Intense throughout but still you can't stop reading. And that cover. How does that not catch your eye. One of my favorites. Recommend it. When I first read it, it reminded me a bit of the PC game Command and Conquer for some reason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    White fox

    The most awesome book ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    To good to be true kind of book!

    This is the kind of book you can not put down. I would reconibd this book anyone and everyone of any age young or old. It is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Great

    Im currently 23 and i remember this book frow when i was in middle school. Its been nearly a decade and i can still remember the imagery and feelings this book produces with so much pride. I recommend this book to anybody who loves adventure, courage, and triumph. Kids and adults alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    I Amazing

    I have read this book every school since 5th grade im now a sophmore. Great book

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    good book

    I have just finished the White Fox Chronicles by Gary Paulson. Overall I liked the book it was very good. I also liked how the main characters name was the same as mine Cody.
    He is a very brave young man. He is only 14. He is in a ccr camp and is forced to work for free. He breaks out but he learns shortly after it is hard to live like this. He is trying to rescue the rest of the camp members. It's really good. I enjoyed this book I would recommend it for ages 10 to15

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

    The White Fox Chronicles

    I really enjoyed and loved this book I would recommend this book to every reader that loves a thrilling book by Gary Paulsen. This book is about a boy named Cody who lived in Las Angeles. When a massive Republic conquered LA in 2056 he stood up and took a stand for what he thought was right. I loved this book and I would definately dare to say that it was the best book i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    THIS BOOK ROCKS! 5 STARS!

    This book was really good i loved if anybody is looking for a good action book read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Survival of the Fittest

    The year is 2056 and the American rebels are taking over the United States and all non-rebel are thrown into a prison camp or killed. Now Cody Peirce a 14-year-old is in the toughest camp and plans to escape with a woman that he saw that was wearing an American Air force jump suit. Cody has been planning an escape, and he thought that she could help him find American help. After Cody and the woman escape they head west towards the mountains. Once they reached the mountains Cody noticed that there was an American base in the mountain valley. Cody is sent to a hide-out for American civilians, but he leaves because he is told that he is too young to fight in the war. As Cody reaches the road a truck pulls up and takes him as a prisoner. Late that night Cody escapes from his cell and gets caught. It turns out that they were Americans undercover for the Americans to find out what the rebels are up to. They then teach Cody how to use their weapons and weeks later leaves the camp with a small arsenal of weapons so he can destroy his old camp. There weren¿t really anything that I didn¿t like except for the ending. But there was lots of things that I liked about the book and they are the book was action packed, 281 pages, but had large print, and it was really suspenseful. This book is a part of a series, but it is a book that has the whole collection in one book. I would recommend this book to kids that like action packed books, and if you like Gary Paulsen, and if you like a war type book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    great book

    This book was great. It is addictive and it keeps you guessing. The best part is that all three of the books are rolled into one book so you don't have to go out and buy more books, just one. At the end It leaves you guessing and you wonder what is going to happen to Cole's life after the CCR is gone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    I got this book for a report. I read it every day!It was just non stop action!If anyone likes action books then I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2006

    The White Fox Chronicles

    This story picks the dailey survival of a boy and the rest of the people around him after a devasting war that left their country a haunting wastleland. He then conjures up a plan to escape from their evil leader and manages to alongside a prisoner who is valuable to them. He tries to recieve reinforcements and vows to return his new found family that he has left behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    I think was very good

    I throught that cody was so cool at busting out those kids out of that bad camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    Junk reading, but fun

    It was pretty bad, but so much fun to read. Just like a bad movie that's fun to watch. I got as much enjoyment out of laughing at its corniness as I did from the story. (Maybe more.) Note: I read this at least four years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    the Cronicles nightmare

    Even though I had to read The White Fox Chronicles by Gary Paulsen, I kind of enjoyed it. This book is for people who dont like to read. It will make you want to read more and more books. This book displays good action and mediocre crime. These are the best kimd of parts that I enjoyed. It also had great characterization. This is important for a book to have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    An alright book

    THis book was an alright book. Its not a book that I would read again because it was kid of stupid. You just have to read it to find the good parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Not my cup of tea at all

    This was a horrible book. I thought that the story sounded good but it just went downhill from there. This is the first Paulsen book that I have read and this book made me no want to read any of his books again.

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