Feral Youth (Paperback)Shaun David Hutchinson (author), Suzanne Young (author), Marieke Nijkamp (author), Robin Talley (author), Stephanie Kuehn (author), E. C. Myers (author), Tim Floreen (author), Alaya Dawn Johnson (author), Justina Ireland (author), Brandy Colbert (author)
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At Zeppelin Bend, an outdoor-education program designed to teach troubled youth the value of hard work, cooperation, and compassion, ten teens are left alone in the wild. The teens are a diverse group who come from all walks of life, and were all sent to Zeppelin Bend as a last chance to get them to turn their lives around. They've just spent nearly two weeks hiking, working, learning to survive in the wilderness, and now their instructors have dropped them off eighteen miles from camp with no food, no water, and only their packs, and they'll have to struggle to overcome their vast differences if they hope to survive.
Inspired by The Canterbury Tales, the characters in Feral Youth, each complex and damaged in their own ways, are enticed to tell a story (or two) with the promise of a cash prize. The stories range from noir-inspired revenge tales to mythological stories of fierce heroines and angry gods. And while few of the stories are claimed to be based in truth, they ultimately reveal more about the teller than the truth ever could.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 297 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 25 mm
"Many of the stories delve into intense darkness, and there are no easy resolutions, even as the focus rests on a group of diverse people learning to trust each other. A compelling examination of the teen psyche." -- Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"The kids are considered "human garbage," as Hutchinson's character puts it, but their choices and situations are born of sharp, complicated moments and realities. Though the voices are distinct, it's the overall experience of disparate people finding common understanding that lingers." -- Publishers Weekly
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