“I will recommend it to anyone
that does not get grossed out by stuff
and wants to read a great adventure story
that you won’t be able to put down.
I finished it in two days!”
— Tyler, 5th grader, Castleton, NY
First, let’s take a look at this Tyler fellow. It’s interesting to me, because he almost looks exactly how I imagine the boy in the book, Carter, age 11. Except this guy, Tyler, looks a little too clean for my liking. Too washed and scrubbed and freshly laundered. But I bet if we left him out in the rain for a few days, let some black flies feast on him, he’d look the spitting image of Carter from the book.
Tyler is a 5th-grade reading ambassador in Castleton, NY. He’s a reading leader in a school that devours books. The librarian there, Ms. Rattner, is a force of nature, a whirlwind of good will and positive energy. Her mission: to bring good books and kids together. In my career, I’ve had the great pleasure to meet folks who are like Ms. Rattner in my travels. Librarians, teachers, even administrators. And every time, I’m awed and deeply grateful. Where would I be without you? And what will become of us, oh America, if our young people do not grow up to be thoughtful, passionate, informed readers? Thank you, Ms. Rattner, for the important work you do.
And Tyler, you are awesome.
Here’s a bit more of Tyler’s review (for the full piece, please click here).
I liked how this book was like Hatchet. I liked how the characters work to survive, written in their different points of view. There are even two chapters from the dog’s point of view=cool.
I wanted to keep reading it because I wanted to know if Carter and Grace would get saved. I wanted to know more about John. He was such a mysterious figure.
Four and a half stars for this book! I will recommend it to anyone that does not get grossed out by stuff and wants to read a great adventure story that you won’t be able to put down. I finished it in two days!
Bonus–This book made me want to go hiking. I may run ahead, but not too far!
Great review Tyler! I’m definitely going to read this book!
Thank you, Margaret. I trust you are not too concerned about the “gross stuff”?
There is one scene, early on, that might make some people a little squeamish. But it was important for me to introduce the mountain man in a powerful, unsettling, possibly dangerous way.