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Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle-grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

When 12-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone - left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten.

As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie’s most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie’s stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?

©2021 Megan E. Freeman. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Interesting concept

The action was good and I enjoyed the character. As an adult, I had difficulty with some parts of the plot. I do think the intended audience would enjoy the book and keep reading! That is always the goal!

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Kids loved it.

My kids ages 8 and 10 picked this out to listen on audible during lunch and loved it.

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A good read for middle-school age and up.

Narrator was great. Good story. Family-affirming. Thought-provoking. A story of courage, determination, and hope. The prose writing works for this 1st person story.

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Great story for teens

cannot wait to share this story with my niece. really well done: survival, hope, loneliness, fear. just loved it

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not my favorite.

there are far too many chapters. Each chapter is a maximum of two minutes. the story used a lot of vocabulary that was above play children's grade level. They didn't really enjoy the story. it was slightly more interesting to myself but again, I am an adult.

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Wow!

Gail did a phenomenal capturing the emotion of Maddie as she made her way through her struggles and triumphs. The voices Gail created for the other characters are distinct and believable. The story itself is really well written and I believe that what we have here is an example of the magic that is created when a great writer is paired with a great narrator!