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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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  • 07-31-21

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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Amazing

This bog is a roller coaster of emotions she is left all alone in her town she takes care of her neighbors dog named George which almost died she lives from 12 years old to 15 all alone with only George she has a lot of mental problems because of how stressed she is

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Helped Me Cope With Covid

I listened to this book over Quarantine and it really helped me relate to this character, she is so brave! I think she is forced to grow and become more mature because of her extreme circumstances. This book provided hope to me in a dark time. I know some people were annoyed with the style of writing that the author uses, but I thought it fit perfectly in the story. Great narration!

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I was recommended this book by a narrator and now a friend of mine Steven Jay Cohen, he mentioned that he thought that I would enjoy it and that it was written and performed in a way that I haven’t heard very often (lots of stream of consciousness). Steven also said, “1st person, present tense, YA apocalypse drama – talk about a challenge!” So, I knew I had to pick this one up and give it a try.

Well, I’m glad that I did. I’ve never read a book like this and I’ve read a lot of PA books. Freeman was able to write a book where you completely feel for the main character but you also genuinely aren’t sure what’s going to happen next. I kept wondering what on earth happened to leave her alone like and for that amount of time. But, since it was written from her point of view, I had no idea just like she didn’t.

Now, I guess I’ll try and talk about the style that the book was written in. Alone was one of those books that were hard to pin down stylistically because Freeman did such a great job mixing in the fear and the uncertainty with the youthfulness of Maddie. A few times she would talk about things and you’re like “oh she’s such a stupid kid” and other times you’d think “wow, she’s so smart”. Honestly, after a while, I forgot that she was as young as she was because she was faced with danger around every corner – forcing her to grow up quickly. Throw in the mixture of what felt like spoken word poetry, diary writings, and stream of consciousness and this was one of the most unique books I’ve ever read, especially in the crowded PA genre.

Finally, I need to speak about the narration by Gail Shalan. Shalan absolutely nails this. I didn’t do this book justice with how hard it must have been to narrate the way that Maddie spoke and thought but then add in that she’s a child and it had to have been such a challenging narration.

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First of all, the voice of the narrator is extremely irritating. The plot line is boring and strange. There is no mystery, there are no clues to be solved. It is a journal of a girl left alone. A daily boring journal completely unrealistic. You never find out what happened to all the people that left. There is no resolution to this mystery. Absolutely awful

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i do not recommend this book because it's overly dramatic and ending is very disappointing

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Great start, but bitter ending

This book started off great, but then it seemed like the author was reaching for a way to bring it to an end. After following the protagonist through all of the conflict, I was highly disappointed with the conclusion.

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Empowering story

As a senior citizen, I'm not the intended audience for this book but couldn't resist the beautiful cover art. I'm alone far more than I like because of Covid, and I enjoyed Maddie's story of coping with isolation. She was amazingly resourceful. I would have adored this book as a young girl. As an adult, I really wanted an explanation for why the region was evacuated overnight, but at age 12, I would have found that boring and would only have cared about Maddie and her dog. I have always liked survival stories, and this was a good one.

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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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  • 12-29-21

Surprisingly good!

I mean that title as a compliment.
I downloaded this as it sounded intriguing but I wasn’t expecting too much from it.
I was wrong. Written in 187 VERY short chapters- Maddie’s story of a 12yo girl who wakes up to find her entire town abandoned. She then proceeds to battle the elements, looters and animals for a VERY long time.
I honestly felt I was sitting inside her head and the way the writer portrays Maddie’s emotions from joy, relief, fear and downright desperate hopelessness is brilliant.
One of few books I will probably buy in print to read again.
Fantastic story!