Saturday, June 5, 2010

Nature Girl (mg review)

Jacket description:
"Eleven-year-old Megan is stuck in the wilds of Vermont for the summer with no TV, no Internet, no cell phone, and worst of all, no best friend. Without Lucy to laugh with, the summer is shaping up to be pretty miserable.

So when Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail with only her loyal dog, Arp, for company, she decides she might as well hike all the way to Massachusetts, where Lucy, is spending her summer. Life on the trail isn’t easy, and Megan faces everything from wild animals and raging rivers to tofu jerky and life without bathrooms.

On the way, though, Megan comes to some surprising realizations—about who she’s been in the past and who she wants to be in the future—and the journey goes from a spur-of-the-moment lark to a heroic quest to prove herself to Lucy, her family, and the world!"

A cute and funny book that would make a nice read-aloud with kids and their parents. Megan is a selfish, spoiled brat (and more than a little hard to like in the beginning), but she grows on her journey through the woods of the Appalachian Trail. Not exactly realistic, an 11 year old just deciding to hike the Appalachian Trail and actually going through with the plan successfully, but fun and heartwarming all the same. 

The message...of being kind to others, setting goals and reaching them, and not taking family for granted...was a little "in-your-face" for my liking, but I think kids, mainly girls, will really enjoy it. Taking a city girl and plunging her into the forest of Vermont, no matter how young she is, is a pretty hilarious storyline and would be fun for families or classes to read together.

Overall rating: 3 out of 5

Nature Girl
Jane Kelley
256 pages
Random House Books for Young Readers
April 2010
Book borrowed from my local library

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Rasco from RIF said...

Love reading your updates and making notes to myself on your "take" on various books. I live in NOVA and will have to try your breakfast place of today! Keep up the great reading!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Thanks for the reviewing. My biggest complaint about MG (which I LOVE!) is that sometimes the message is just waaaay too in the readers face. Most kids hate with the message is so clear as if they can't figure it out themselves.

I agree tho - this sounds like one some of my girls would enjoy.