Lost in the Backyard

Category: Book
By (author): Hughes, Alison
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
Awards: Silver Birch Award nominee (2015) Short-listed
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Published: April 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.75in x 5.00in x 0.37in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Flynn hates the outdoors. Always has. He barely pays attention in his Outdoor Ed class. He has no interest in doing a book report on Lost in the Barrens. He doesn't understand why anybody would want to go hiking or camping. But when he gets lost in the wilderness behind his parents' friends' house, it's surprising what he remembers-insulate your clothes with leaves, eat snow to stay hydrated, build a shelter, eat lichen-and how hopelessly inept he is at survival techniques.
From The Publisher*When Flynn gets hopelessly lost in the woods, he wishes he had paid more attention in his Outdoor Ed class.
From The Publisher*Survival of the fittest doesn't apply to Flynn.
From The Publisher*Survival of the fittest doesnt apply to Flynn. Flynn hates the outdoors. Always has. He barely pays attention in his Outdoor Ed class. He has no interest in doing a book report on Lost in the Barrens. He doesnt understand why anybody would want to go hiking or camping. But when he gets lost in the wilderness behind his parents friends house, its surprising what he remembersinsulate your clothes with leaves, eat snow to stay hydrated, build a shelter, eat lichenand how hopelessly inept he is at survival techniques.
Review Quote*"Narrated in Flynn's sarcastic-yet-realistic tone, the story provides a different take on wilderness survival than, say, Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain (1959)...A book that will grab many, including reluctant middle-school readers."
Review Quote*"Hughes writes Flynn's story in the first person, allowing the reader to feel and experience all of Flynn's emotions and struggles. The tone and self deprecating humour allow the reader to easily connect with Flynn and to root for him despite his clear dislike of the circumstances he finds himself in. Short sentences, paragraphs and chapters propel this adventure story forward quickly it's a race to the finish of the book to find out how Flynn survives his days in the woods. Highly recommended for those who love adventure and the outdoors...[and] readers who just want a quick exciting read."
Review Quote*"Will appeal to both those who prefer the comforts of the indoors as well as those who enjoy survival stories such as Hatchet or Stranded."
Review Quote*"Simply written, in first-person perspective, the novel is carried by the voice of its engaging and truly adolescent main character...A satisfying tale of a young man's personal growth."
Biographical NoteAlison Hughes is an award-winning writer who has lived, worked and studied in Canada, England and Australia. Her previous books include Poser and On a Scale from Idiot to Complete Jerk. She read lots of survival stories as a child and used to make elaborate and thrilling plans to weather a natural disaster which, sadly, never materialized. Alison lives with her family in Edmonton, Alberta, where she still delights in blizzards and power outages and tends to stockpile canned goods.