It’s been a rough and wonderful summer, friends, but I’m glad to be back in the game today with a review of a book I read months ago, but which was released last week: Alone in the Woods, by Rebecca Behrens.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends…until they aren’t. Jocelyn’s not sure what happened, but she hopes the annual joint-family vacation in the isolated north woods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.
But Alex still isn’t herself when they get to the cabin. And Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls’ tube tears it leaves them stranded and alone. And before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost.
Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet backpack, the girls face threats from the elements. And as they spend days and nights lost in the wilderness, they’ll have to overcome their fractured friendship to make it out of the woods alive.
I LOVE a good survival story. And they always seem to hit a sweet spot with my MG readers; those who prefer fantasy like the high stakes, while my historical fiction lover appreciates the soul searching and portrayal of skills seldom considered in our day to day lives.
But Alone in the Woods is more than just a great survival story–it’s a beautiful story of friendship lost and re-gained, and the dual-perspective POV allows her to really dig into the complications that come along with maintaining childhood friendships while navigating the strange world of growing up. If surviving in the woods of Wisconsin is hard, that’s nothing to middle school.
I hope you’ll all enjoy this as much as I did! Have any of you read it yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
You can find more Marvelous Middle Grade Monday recommendations on Greg’s blog, here.