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Tabitha is less than thrilled when her parents send her on a hiking trip with her cousins, Ashley and Cedar, and her Aunt Tess. For one thing, she's not much of a hiker. And she's pretty sure her cousins hate her. But even Ashley can't blame Tabitha for everything that goes wrong on the hike, especially when Tabitha turns out to have more tenacity and courage than anyone-even Tabitha herself-realized.
When 12-year-old Tabitha is forced by her parents to go backpacking with her two cousins and recently widowed Aunt Tess, she ends up with more of an adventure than any of them planned.
Both of Tabitha's somewhat older cousins, Cedar and Ashley, are confident, experienced hikers, but nothing can fully prepare them for the series of misadventures that occurs after they climb to a mountaintop hut in British Columbia. Rain falls relentlessly. The dog, Max, wanders off when Tabitha is walking him. Ashley, even after she's badly injured in a careless fall, uses every opportunity to express her hatred—never fully explained—for Tabitha, including deceitfully blaming her for the accident. After their attempt to hike out is thwarted by a flooded river, they begin to have problems with a very persistent bear, leading to many more issues. As the problems mount, Tabitha bravely responds, believably moving from her earlier self-pity to more appropriate responses, even coming to recognize that what she's learning may help her with bullying problems she's been having at school. The setting is well realized, and theauthentic action sustains interest. If some of the dynamics between the characters are insufficiently developed, and a somewhat improbable conclusion seems forced, the suspense helps mitigate the issues.
A tautadventure tale that features plenty of action and some troubled relationships. (Adventure. 10-14)
"It's not a race," she said.
Ashley spun around on one foot and said in a sing-song voice, "Is the wittle baby getting tired?"
Before Tabitha could respond, Ashley spun back and jumped for the next rock. As she did, her back foot slipped out from under her. Her body landed flat across two rocks, and her cheek whacked the stone.
Ashley lay still.
This book is funny, adventurous, and heartwarming. It makes you stop and think. Girls and boys alike would like this book. It's very well written and the story is well developed. I highly recommend this book!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2012
Tabitha is not happy to be spending the summer with her cousins, Ashley and Cedar, and her Aunt Tess in the wilderness of British Columbia. The hiking trip is meant as a getaway to spread Uncle Bruce's ashes on a mountain he loved. The siblings seems to hate Tabitha and they are both much more adept at roughing it than she is. After a bear steals their food, the four hikers try to make it back to civilization but rough weather forces them to return to the small cabin. Aunt Tess and Ashley are seriously injured so it's up to Tabitha and Cedar to keep level heads and try to figure a way out of their predicament. This adventure story will appeal to both girls and boys, particularly those with an interest in the outdoors. The vocabulary is appropriate to those reading a bit below grade level.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.