Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (US) 5 - 9
Dimensions:8.31in x 5.5 x 0.62 in | 0.51 lb
Page Count:248 pages
COMPELLING STORY: A survival story and coming-of-age (Francie’s memories about her mom’s breakdowns, the death of her twin sister and her related guilt slowly unfold over the course of the story), the tension slowly builds as the days go by.
SURVIVAL STORIES PERENNIAL KIDS’ FAVE: Hatchet is THE classic survival story—there’s something a little exciting to think about how to survive on your own…
STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER: Francie is both fragile and strong, facing her internal fears about her sister’s death and her relationship with her mother, all the while relying on her extensive outdoor living skills to survive.
COMPLICATED MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP: Francie’s relationship with her mother is complex, adding a layer to this adventure/survival story.
ATMOSPHERIC WRITING: In Frances Greenslade’s hands, the woods come alive, and readers will smell the fresh air, feel the rough bark beneath their hands, sink into the softness of vibrant green moss.
DEBUT MIDDLE GRADE: Frances Greenslade is the author of three books for adults (two memoirs and one novel).
"Frances Greenslade is brilliant in her portrayal of the half-suspected world that lies just beyond the senses of every thirteen year old. The book's a triumph." —Alan Bradley, bestselling author of the Flavia de Luce series
"Rendered with exquisite sensory detail, this hero’s journey is a resonant read for unsettling times." —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
"[A] true-to-life page-turner of a story. . . . Adventurous and exciting." —CM Reviews
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