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Nature Girl

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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. So when Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail with only her little dog, Arp, for company, she decides she might as well hike all the way to Massachusetts where her best friend, 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. Most of all, though, Megan gets to know herself—both 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 quest to prove herself to Lucy, her family, and the world!

“First-time novelist Jane Kelley uses the light touch of humor to let in the sunlight. Bravo!”—Sid Fleischman, Newbery Award–winning author

From the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

12 April 2010 – Megan’s parents have dragged her to Vermont for the summer, hoping she will embrace nature and art, but the bratty 11-year-old is furious to be trapped in the country. “You don’t know how I’m suffering. Nobody does. Nobody cares,” Megan tells her friend Lucy, who couldn’t come—because her mother has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When Megan gets lost on a hike, she becomes inspired to hike the Appalachian Trail to where Lucy is staying. Along the way she confronts her own insecurities, which take the form of a “yucky voice” in her head, and discovers her inner strength, as well as compassion for Lucy. Readers may be put off by Megan’s histrionics, but debut author Kelley mostly plays them for laughs (further amplified in scribbly cartoons), as when Megan nabs the family’s emergency cell phone to call Lucy (“I almost cried when I saw its shiny surface. You won’t believe this, but practically everything else in Vermont is made of cloth or pottery or wood”). Megan’s emotional growth is mostly satisfying as she conquers both the mountain and her own weaknesses. Ages 8–12.
Nature Girl
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Action & Adventure
  • Published: 27 April 2010
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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