Literature Circles: Hunter In The Dark

The book I am reading for literature circles is “Hunter In The Dark” which is about a guy named Mike Rankin who is an athletic teenager from a rich family who wants to obtain his license to go deer hunting. He loves to go camping. But then he suddenly collapses on the basketball court and feels very ill. So far the book hasn’t stated whats wrong with him. I will update this post on new events that occur.


So far our group has read up to page 22. The book was a little confusing at first but now its a bit easier to understand and follow. In the book we have been introduced to Mike Rankin, a sporty teenager who loves to go hunting and camping in the woods. He goes away from home and leaves a note for his parents explaining that he left to go on a camping adventure. Then we get a look back at what happened before. Mike had been feeling very ill and not well, and all of a sudden while playing a game of basketball in front of the school, he collapses on the ground and is taken to the hospital even though he doesn’t want to. He is taken to the hospital and even though he tells them he just has the flu, doctors start taking blood samples. This is where we stopped reading. Next week I will do another post and tell you what happens next..


Our group now has read up to aprox. page 80. I have now figured out that the story is based off of Mike who is currently in the forest hunting, and the forest environment is giving him flashbacks to when he was in the hospital. After the doctors in the hospital and Mikes family aren’t telling Mike whats wrong with him, he becomes suspicious. One morning, Mike woke up and found out a patch of his hair had fallen out, Mike freaked out and his mom told him is was the side affect of the medication. Mike then locks himself in the bathroom and shaves his head bald. Then he demands to know whats wrong with him, but nobody would tell him. Mike takes it upon himself to figure out whats wrong with him by going to the library and researching a medication one of the doctors gave him that made him really sick.  He then finds out he has a life threatening condition of leukemia. Mike rushes to the hospital and confront the doctor that had been handling his case. The doctor tells him he is right, but that there is no official cure to the cancer, only treatment methods. Mike planned on waiting until after Christmas to tell his parents he knew, but in a heated argument during dinner, Mike blurts it out. In February the next year, Mike asks his parents if he could go on a ski trip, but his parents are still reluctant even though is leukemia is almost gone. A few months later the doctors tell Mike his leukemia has returned, and its worse than ever. That is where we stopped, the book is not yet complete though. During all of this, the book every once in a while cuts back to Mike hunting in the forest, and than he returns to the flashback.


The round characters in this story are Mike, Dr Gage (the doctor handling his leukemia), and Mikes parents. Flat characters in the story are Mikes friends, his one time girlfriend Gloria, and some of the other family members that appear occasionally to see how Mike is doing.


An event in the story that demonstrated teamwork was Mike and Dr Gage’s relationship which they used when trying to persuade Mikes parents to let him do activities and convince them that Mike was feeling better and needed more freedom. Unfortunately most of the story is based off of Mikes independent fight against the doctors and his parents


I predict that next in the story, Mikes leukemia will go downhill again and he will get frustrated at his lack of freedom and become even more rebellious. More conflicts will occur, but in the end he will be cured and everyone will live happily ever after 🙂


or he will die…



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