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Children's LiteratureShe is a spoiled brat. Since Jessica's mom passed, every year she and her dad would go on a hiking trip by themselves. This year, with Patti in the picture, it changes. Dad has a girlfriend and Jessica is not about to call her mom. To make matters worse, Patti's daughter, Amy, has to mess everything up. During the summer, they all go on a boat trip together for three weeks. About the same age, Amy and Jessica have to endure each other. Amy throws a fit when Jessica and her dad plan a hike by themselves. He backs out to make peace. Then, Jessica decides to live dangerously and allows Amy to go secretly on the hiking trip with her. Jessica knows that Amy will not be able to handle their outing, but she is trying to make an important point about family and her dad. When Amy gets hurt, Jessica sees her as more than a spoiled brat. Does this trip unite them? Will they find their way home? This story deals with divorce, death, the outdoors, family, and friendship. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.