The Last Wild Place

The Last Wild Place

by Rosa Jordan
     
 

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Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Chip and Luther, when they aren't playing soccer or studying in school, hang out in the "jungle," a part of Georgia that hasn't been cleared for houses, farms, or businesses. If they sit quietly, rabbits, squirrels, birds and other wildlife come out of hiding. One day Chip even sees two panther kittens playing but never sees the mother. When he learns a developer will be bulldozing an old barn on the property and surrounding trees to construct a meat packing plant, Chip stages a protest with friends. Chip's sister climbs into the barn so it can't be destroyed while the other kids run in front of the bulldozer. Besides skipping school Chip is in a lot more trouble than he bargained for. The developer sues the kids for damages at $5,000 each. Will they be able to save the tract of land and the wildlife on it or will the meatpacker win? This multicultural book shows caring about nature and preserving wildlife. Reviewer: Janet L. Rose
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Jordan returns with another eco-friendly novel featuring the Martin family. Now that Justin is away at college, Chip, 12, is the man of the house. His mother has become romantically involved with his friend Luther's uncle. The town's community center is providing a temporary home to families who were displaced by a recent Gulf Coast hurricane, and as Luther befriends some of those kids, he seems to be distancing himself from Chip. Seeking solace at a deserted property that he and Luther discovered several years earlier, Chip makes an amazing discovery: two Florida panther cubs have somehow traveled from the Everglades to the abandoned site and have established a home there. Chip has visions of befriending the animals, but the future of all the wildlife in the marshy sanctuary is unexpectedly put into danger when a construction crew arrives to raze the barn and turn the property into a meat-packing plant. When the adults fail to come up with an immediate solution to protect the animals, Chip and his classmates take matters into their own hands. Reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen's Hoot (Knopf, 2002), Wild Place is an empowering story of friendship and kids who step up to make a difference. Sprinkled liberally with environmental messages, it manages to avoid crossing the line into didacticism. The characters are fully realized and the plot moves along at a good clip. While readers of Jordan's first two stories will enjoy meeting up with familiar characters, the novel easily stands alone.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561454587
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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