The End of the Wild (Hardback)Nicole Helget (author)
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Eleven-year-old Fern's rundown home borders a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food. It's also her refuge from the crushing responsibility of caring for her wild younger brothers and PTSD-stricken stepfather. But when a fracking company rolls into town, Fern realizes that her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.
Her stepfather thinks a job with the frackers could help pull the family out of poverty. Her wealthy grandfather--who wants to take custody of Fern and her brothers--likes the business it brings to his manufacturing company. Facing adversity from all sides, can one young girl make a difference in the fate of her family and their way of life?
This modern, beautifully written story from the acclaimed author of Wonder at the Edge of the Worldexplores the timely themes of poverty, environmental protection, what makes a family, and finding your place in the world.
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 306 g
Dimensions: 198 x 145 x 25 mm
"An excellent book for readers interested in exploring a complex contemporary environmental issue.... A strong addition on a timely and important topic."--School Library Journal
"A stunning take on the environment, broken families, poverty, forgiveness, and death. Helget writes with grace, elegance, and humor about coming of age in a flawed world filled with beauty and peril. A poignant, uplifting, and entirely gripping read."--Pete Hautman, National Book Award winning author of Godless
"A big-hearted, generous story about loving one's self, one's community, and the environment. Fern is a stellar heroine, full of grace, intelligence, and resilience."--Jewell Parker Rhodes, award-winning author of Towers Falling
* "If ever a girl could make her mark on the world, it is Hallelujah Wonder.... With [her] at the helm, Wonder is full-blown adventure tinged with mysticism, intelligence, and the spirit of discovery."--Booklist, starred review
"As in Jacqueline Kelly's The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Lu's main focus is scientific exploration, and her informative musings will have readers wanting to do scientific research of their own.... An informative and richly detailed historical adventure."--School Library Journal
"Pulse-quickening exploits and taut descriptions will keep readers riveted.... Helget's tale celebrates the curiosity and mystery of life."--Kirkus Reviews
"Readers looking for a plucky heroine may find it a good fit."--VOYA
* "Helget has penned a rich narrative, laced with astute observations on poverty, grief, forgiveness, and environmental concerns.... An uncommonly fine account of perseverance and understanding in the face of adversity."--Booklist, starred review
"The discussion of fracking is balanced and leaves ultimate judgment up to the reader.... This book is well written and well worth inclusion in a collection."--School Library Connection
"With impressive pacing and precise, lyrical descriptions of the rural Michigan landscape and the diverse characters who make their home there, Helget crafts a remarkably even-handed story of a controversial topic."--BCCB
* "This nuanced take on a pressing issue is an important one. Middle-grade readers will find much to think about in this beautifully written story."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Helget confronts substantial subjects like poverty, environmentalism, and mental illness, injecting humor and hope to provide balance. Without lecturing, she encourages readers to be thoughtful and curious."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sensitive storytelling and richly drawn characters.... A thought-provoking, timely book that's sure to prompt lively discussion, and a powerful example of nature-writing for children."--Kate Hannigan, author of The Detective's Assistant
Praise for The End of the Wild
A New York Times Book Review Editor's ChoiceA 2017 Parents' Choice Award Winner
A Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book
A 2017 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids Pick
A Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of 2017 Pick
2018 Outstanding Science Trade Books List for Students 2018 Best STEM Trade Books for Students K-12
2018-2019 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
2018 Minnesota Book Awards Middle Grade Winner, Middle Grade Literature
"Helget sets her plot in motion carefully and with so much attention to real-world detail, you can almost hear the difficult discussions it will provoke in our current polarized landscape."--The New York Times
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