LOST IN THE BACKYARD by Alison Hughes

LOST IN THE BACKYARD

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lost in the woods for three long, cold days, Flynn makes several mistakes that hinder his rescue and survival.

Flynn abhors anything not involving television or his cellphone; he particularly loathes the outdoors and the Outdoor Education class at his school. At the onset of winter and while visiting some former neighbors who have moved off the grid, Flynn wanders into the woods, quickly becoming frightened, confused and lost. Why hadn’t he paid more attention in his class or read the books assigned? Flynn is a 13-year-old with a cocky attitude, eyes that are quick to roll and a flip brashness. Canadian author Hughes neatly captures Flynn’s junior-high obnoxiousness in his narration. Although Flynn shows some glimpses of warmth toward his younger sister, he is not a particularly likable kid. While his continued wisecracking during his ordeal makes empathy difficult to muster, the insights he gains during his three-day adventure as he is injured, faces wild animals and becomes hypothermic are satisfying.    

A simple, predictable survival adventure. (Adventure. 8-12)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4598-0794-5
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Orca
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015




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