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It's a bundle of blankets. I pull back the top layer cautiously, and there it is. Not a raccoon or a cougar or anything that belongs in the woods.
It's a baby.
Posted October 21, 2009
Cameron's sister, Katie, asks him to do her a favor. "Just do this one thing," is what she asks, followed by, "Don't tell anyone."
He's not happy to be riding through the woods in the rain, but Katie looked kind of freaked out. When Cameron stops for a moment, he hears something. He listens carefully and hears it again. It sounds like crying. It is crying. In fact, it's a baby!
Cameron can't believe he has found what looks like a newborn wrapped in blankets out in the woods. He wraps it in his sweater and zips it inside his coat and bikes out to the road. After a few tries, he gets a car to stop and pick him up. Luckily, the driver is a nurse. She quickly checks on the baby and heads to the nearest hospital.
The good news is the baby will survive. The bad news is Cameron is pretty sure he knows whose baby it is. He cautiously answers questions from doctors, a social worker, and the police, but the answer they all want to hear, he keeps to himself.
IN THE WOODS presents the distressing scenario of an abandoned infant. It's a story all too common in the news today. Author Robin Stevenson brings this grim reality to life as she describes Cameron's struggle to face the truth about his sister.
Only 124 pages long, IN THE WOODS takes readers quickly into the emotionally charged situation, and keeps them on the edge of their seats right to the end.
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Posted October 31, 2009
This books can be a life lesson to all the teenagers to be their self. Don't be scared to tell someone about your problems, especially to are parents because I know they will understand. Nobody is perfect just be yourself..
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Posted May 15, 2014
As I was looking for a nice book for a project for English. While I’m looking I see the mystery section and the first book that caught my eye was called “In the Woods”. It had a nice blue color and had a blurry bike rider on the cover. So since it was a mystery I picked it. The title seemed cool. I procrastinated for a few days thinking did I pick the right book? So instead of whimpering I just started reading it. I finished 6 chapters that first day. The book was great so far I liked it. So I finished reading it later on because I got into it so fast.
In The Woods is about a boy Cameron. He got a call from his twin sister Katie one day telling him to hurry up and go to this old park they use to go to as kids. She didn’t give him info on anything so he just went. He rode around the park for a while until he started to here a cry. He thought to himself thinking is it his sister playing a trick on him? But she wasn’t a girl to prank people. Mysteriously it wasn’t her it was a baby. A poor defenseless baby alone in the woods. It wasn’t luck his sister told him to go maybe she had something to do with it. That’s what Cameron tries to figure out.
This book was great and weird. Robin Stevenson was a good writer at least I think so because of this book. It kept me reading and I think that’s what a writer tries to do so she succeeded. I recommend this book.
Posted May 12, 2014
Part of the Orca Soundings hi-lo series, this Spanish-language version of "In The Woods" tells the story of Cameron finding a newborn baby in the woods and suspecting that his twin-sister, the always-perfect Katie, is the mother. The reader will come the that conclusion shortly before Cameron does but the story line remains interesting. Will Cameron tell the social worker? The police? There is a back story that could've been developed a bit more--that of the abuse on Katie by their mother's former boyfriend. This is not written as a cautionary tale to prevent teen pregnancy but does bring up the topic of doing the right thing, wondering what the right thing is, and when is it right to protect a loved one. Orca books remain popular with my students.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.