tale begins when Trisha, 9 and her older brother Peter are taken by their divorced mother on a hiking trip along the Appalachian
Trail. Mother and son argue the entire ride up (mainly about their living arrangements) and then continue the bickering on
the trail. Trisha announces her need to use the bathroom, although mother and son are too busy arguing to even hear her.
it’s okay, Trisha wanders off in search of a remote spot. What happens next is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Trisha determined to have some quiet time, instead of listening to the bickering decides to take a shortcut to end the expedition
quicker. Though things don’t work out as planned, and Trisha accidentally gets lost.
the wilderness, fear sets in, giving way to auditory hallucinations as well as visual ones. Trisha carries in her backpack,
an egg, a tuna sandwich, a soda (lime), a bottle of water, celery sticks, 2 Twinkies, and a Walkman. To distract herself she
focuses on baseball, especially her favorite closing pitcher, Tom Gordon.
survival skills are put to the test day after day, as she struggles to manage alone in the woods for a week! She does so buy
eating raw fish, berries, nuts, then drinking from ponds, and puddles.
question is: How many nine-year-olds could survive such a traumatic event?
King has done a wonderful job with this book, and the illustrations certainly helped bring his words to life. There are subtle
symbolisms that address issues like religion and self-realization. Children of all ages are sure to love this spooky-adventurous
tale-- I know I did!
Reviewed by Betsie