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Lost in the Backyard
By (author): Alison Hughes
9781459807945 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Alberta Apr 01, 2015
$9.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.38 in 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Silver Birch Award 2015, Short-listed Diamond Willow 2016, Short-listed Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award 2016, Short-listed Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award - Young Adult Notable Book 2015, Commended Red Cedar Fiction 2017, Short-listed
Survival of the fittest doesn't apply to Flynn.

Flynn hates the outdoors. Always has. He barely pays attention in his Outdoor Ed class. He has no interest in doing a book report on Lost in the Barrens. He doesn’t understand why anybody would want to go hiking or camping. But when he gets lost in the wilderness behind his parents’ friends’ house, it’s surprising what he remembers—insulate your clothes with leaves, eat snow to stay hydrated, build a shelter, eat lichen—and how hopelessly inept he is at survival techniques.

Alison Hughes is an award-winning writer who has lived, worked and studied in Canada, England and Australia. Her previous books include Poser and On a Scale from Idiot to Complete Jerk. She read lots of survival stories as a child and used to make elaborate and thrilling plans to weather a natural disaster which, sadly, never materialized. Alison lives with her family in Edmonton, Alberta, where she still delights in blizzards and power outages and tends to stockpile canned goods.

"Narrated in Flynn’s sarcastic-yet-realistic tone, the story provides a different take on wilderness survival than, say, Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain (1959)...A book that will grab many, including reluctant middle-school readers." - Booklist Online

"Hughes writes Flynn's story in the first person, allowing the reader to feel and experience all of Flynn's emotions and struggles. The tone and self deprecating humour allow the reader to easily connect with Flynn and to root for him despite his clear dislike of the circumstances he finds himself in. Short sentences, paragraphs and chapters propel this adventure story forward quickly it's a race to the finish of the book to find out how Flynn survives his days in the woods. Highly recommended for those who love adventure and the outdoors...[and] readers who just want a quick exciting read." - CM Magazine

"Will appeal to both those who prefer the comforts of the indoors as well as those who enjoy survival stories such as Hatchet or Stranded." - Resource Links

"Simply written, in first-person perspective, the novel is carried by the voice of its engaging and truly adolescent main character...A satisfying tale of a young man’s personal growth." - VOYA

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