The Last Wild Place

The Last Wild Place

by Rosa Jordan


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561454587
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
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: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rosa Jordan holds degrees from Santa Monica Junior College, UCLA, and the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. She is the author of Cycling Cuba and Dangerous Places: Travels on the Edge and the director of the social justice program for Earthways Foundation. She lives in Canada.

Table of Contents

Welcome Home     1
Bad Day for Luther     6
Good Citizens     14
Decisions     22
Goodbye, Friend     32
Two Rotten Weeks     40
Biology     46
The Birthday Party     50
The Jungle     56
The Intruder     63
More Than Birds     70
Field Trip     80
A Rainy Friday     89
One More in the Jungle     95
Family Matters     103
Chicken Necks     112
Half-Adult Help     117
Blue Monday     126
The Protest     133
A Sudden End     140
House Arrest     147
Zones, Permits, and Variances     155
Backup     160
Cat Out of the Bag     168
A Dangerous Day     177
Waiting     186
Panthers Up Close     193
The Glades     199
Double Whammy     208
The Wedding Goat     218

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The Last Wild Place 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Shiko99 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Nowadays, many natural habitats for animals are being destroyed to build many different kinds of industries. That's one of the main problems that the protagonist, Chip has to deal with. Chip lives in the countryside with his family along with two of his best friends Lily and Luther. When he gets into a quarrel with one of them, he feels like he needs some alone time and decides to explore. He rediscovers a place Luther and Chip called "The Jungle,". The place is beautiful from Chip's POV, but Luther and Chip also deemed it dangerous. Chip discovers that the Florida Panther lives in the 10 acres of an overgrown forest and that's when someone gets the idea to tear down the abandoned farm in front of "The Jungle" and build a meatpacking building. So Chip must find a way to prevent the meatpacking construction from happening; but the only way is to reveal the secret of the Panthers. Will the adults believe them? Will it even delay the construction? This book is set in the countryside which is apparent because of the daily life the protagonist leads & the scenery described. but mostly in "The Jungle", which is described in the book as enclosed with thorny brambles & trees, and filled with swampy ground. The two boys called it "The Jungle" most likely because of the surrounding thick trees and its boggy nature which resembled a jungle. Chip and Luther had explored it three years ago, but they were too small to be able to jump the ditch that separated "The Jungle" from the farm's grass terrain. Later after they reconcile, Chip brings Luther to "The Jungle" , and shortly after Lily discovers it too after following Chip's tracks. I first picked this book because of the author, Rosa Jordan, whose book I had read & enjoyed(Lost Goat Lane). I then renewed my interest with her books because she doesn't write those about topics that the majority of new teen books contain. She also explains the reactions of the characters in a humorous way, while transitioning between the dialogue of two characters smoothly while giving the reader something to paint a picture of. I like how there are many consequences to many actions that the characters take in this book (& that it follows Newton's third Law of Motion), and how the characters solve their problems slowly. I also very, truly like the font that is used; it triggers a moment of happiness for me. I also liked how Rosa increased the suspense to the climax, but would cut you off with some humour and show that it was a mini-climax. What I didn't like is how Rosa Jordan didn't put a bigger emphasis on the scenery, which made it harder to picture the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books that are relating to real-life and contains real-life problems, but also to anyone who likes small font. This book also contains a bit of adventure and suspense because of the setting and the characters, so this book is also to anyone who enjoys those genres as well. This book is very enjoyable and very very good! I read it in 3 days, which is very unusual for me because I was using my thorough reading method this time. I will continue to follow Rosa Jordan, but in the period of delay, waiting for another book, I hope you pick up "Lost Goat Lane" because it is the first book of the "trilogy".