In the Woods [NOOK Book]

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When Cameron rescues a baby abandoned in the woods, everyone says it is a miracle. A stroke of luck that he just happened to be there, riding his bike along that trail, and heard the baby's cry. But Cameron has a secret: It wasn't just luck. He was there because his twin sister Katie begged him to go. Did Katie know about the baby? Is she covering for someone? At first Cameron just wants some answers but once he knows the truth he has to decide what to do with it.
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In the Woods

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Overview

When Cameron rescues a baby abandoned in the woods, everyone says it is a miracle. A stroke of luck that he just happened to be there, riding his bike along that trail, and heard the baby's cry. But Cameron has a secret: It wasn't just luck. He was there because his twin sister Katie begged him to go. Did Katie know about the baby? Is she covering for someone? At first Cameron just wants some answers but once he knows the truth he has to decide what to do with it.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
His twin sister's request is so unusual; Cameron has to do as Katie asks. He does not understand why she wants him to ride the familiar trail with so much personal history, until he hears the baby crying. The abandoned newborn leaves him wondering: what does Katie know, and what should he do about it? This trim novel spans just a few days, encapsulating the crisis Cameron discovers and giving voice to an important player in circumstances that are sadly becoming more frequent. The problem is fully developed, and the solution is handled intelligently. The pages are enough to make the reader care about all of the characters. The personalities and relationships, however, were frequently revealed in an expository way. The brevity of the book may have required some of this, but it would have felt more natural if the narrative had allowed for these aspects to be shown within the telling of the story. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
Booklist
"While packing in lots of facts about teenage pregnancy, this fast read is more than a problem novel. Cameron's seething jealousy of his gifted twin, her failure, and his growing bond with his sister—and with his niece—will hold readers."
The Horn Book Guide
"The easily accessible story presents some compelling and complicated issues surrounding teenage pregnancy."
CM Magazine
"A fast-paced and engrossing read. Stevenson deals with mature issues, including sexual abuse and teen pregnancy, in an accessible fashion by employing a simple writing style that is ideal for an audience with still-developing reading skills. The plot of the story moves forward swiftly, progressing primarily through the use of dialogue that has a natural quality. In the Woods is an interesting exploration of sibling relationships and family responsibility that will appeal to both genders...Recommended. "
Canadian Teacher Magazine
"The plot moves along fairly quickly, and the characters are well-developed, especially Cameron. I could hear his voice and was with him every step of the way.The ending of the novel is particularly moving and not, perhaps, what one might expect. The issue of teen pregnancy is dealt with frankly, but without judgement, and with compassion."
TeensReadToo.com
"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."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee
"Recommended where hi/lo readers are needed in high schools."
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"Good for students who are interested in reading about topics that are serious however need a book that has a more accessible reading level."
Caroline McCoy
Cameron's twin sister Katie is practically flawless. This straight-A student never gets into trouble, rarely makes a mistake, and wouldn't dare keep secrets from her friends and family. Or would she? When Cameron finds a baby alone in the woods, he realizes his sister may not be perfect after all. Could this newborn baby be Katie's or was it just a coincidence? If Katie did abandon her child in hopes that Cameron would find her, what will he do with this knowledge? What will he say to his sister? Cameron's discovery provokes a series of difficult decisions involving sibling trust, concern for others, and identity. This fast-paced story concludes with no decisive moral, leaving readers to reflect on these issues on their own. Much like adolescence itself, Robin Stevenson's In the Woods is wrought with moments of humility, satisfaction, and uncertainty. Reviewer: Caroline McCoy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554694860
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,144,238
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 122 KB

Meet the Author

Robin Stevenson is the author of ten books for children and young adults. Robin has also worked as a social worker, counselor and university instructor. She enjoys reading, traveling, visiting schools and talking to people of all ages about books and writing. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.
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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.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2009

    AWESOME!!

    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..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    As I was looking for a nice book for a project for English.

    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.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

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    Part of the Orca Soundings hi-lo series, this Spanish-language v

    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.

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