Gone From These Woods


GONE FROM THESE WOODS was published as a Yearling paperback by Random House Children’s Books February 2011. Other editions include the Delacorte Press hardback edition, publshed August 2009, library edition, ebook, Kindle, and Nook. GONE FROM THESE WOODS is the story of Daniel Sartain, and eleven-year-old boy who reluctantly goes hunting and accidentally shoots his beloved Uncle Clay. With the help of others, including his school guidance counselor, Daniel learns to deal with his guilt and survive.


  • A Brodart McNaughton List Pick
  • A SIBA Book Award Nominee
  • A FlamingNet.com Top Choice Award Pick (chosen by a young reader)
  • A Cybils Award Middle Grade Novel Nominee
  • Donny Bailey Seagraves Georgia Author of the Year Nominee


“There is a lot of complexity in this coming-of-age novel. Sensitive younger readers will be drawn in by Daniel’s story, which can be likened to a more emotional twin of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet.”

— Booklist


  • ISBN: 978-9-38573629-9 (Trade Edition)
  • ISBN: 978-0385-90599-2 (Library Edition)
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-84504-8 (Yearling Paperback Edition)
  • ISBN: 0385736290 (Kindle eBook Edition)
  • Also available in Nook and other eBook editions.

Go here for more information about GONE FROM THESE WOODS. For publicity, email: donnyseagraves.com or Random House Publicist Roshan Nozari: rnozari@randomhouse.com.

Other books in the works: JOSH AND TIFFANY, the story of a boy and a girl and a spelling bee and FANTASTIC DINWIDDIES. Interested in acquiring these books for publication? Contact Donny Bailey Seagraves’ agent, Andrea Brown.

“Depicts a realistic portrayal of grief from a youth’s perspective . . . Boys will take interest in Daniel’s internal superhero-vs.-villain battle.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Read an excerpt from the beginning of Gone From These Woods.

Gone From These Woods Discussion Questions

Blake Morrow – Gone From These Woods Book Cover Artist

Luke Kitson – The Boy on the Gone From These Woods book cover

“Understanding or coping with an accidental death is seldom so directly connected to real responsibility or the need to make peace with such a mistake. Seagraves shows the best way for support to be given as well as how hard it is to forgive.”

— School Library Journal

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