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Be Not Far from Me

By: Mindy McGinnis

The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone—and far off trail.

Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive, putting into practice all the tricks she learned from Davey Beet, her childhood crush and summer camp counselor. But she can’t outrun the red streak of infection that’s creeping up her leg—or the fear of another truth. Years before, Davey’s own broken heart sent him into these woods…and he never came out. How can Ashley expect to survive?

ISBN: 9780062561626

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: Survival , Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee

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Seventeen-year-old Ashley is comfortable in the Tennessee wilderness, having grown up camping, hiking, and hunting in the Smokies. Her mother left when she was young, and while her father could not always afford to buy food or clothes, he did teach her survival skills. In Ashley’s own words, she’s on everyone’s apocalypse-survival team. One s Seventeen-year-old Ashley is comfortable in the Tennessee wilderness, having grown up camping, hiking, and hunting in the Smokies. Her mother left when she was young, and while her father could not always afford to buy food or clothes, he did teach her survival skills. In Ashley’s own words, she’s on everyone’s apocalypse-survival team. One summer night, Ashley and her friends hike into the wilderness to throw a party deep in the Smokies. In their remote small town, friendships are based more on geography than common interests, and Ashley quickly becomes annoyed by and insecure about the actions of some of the people at the party. When she stumbles upon her boyfriend having sex with his ex-girlfriend in the woods, Ashley takes off running. Drunk, devastated, and shoeless, Ashley sustains a serious injury before passing out. When she wakes, she realizes that she is lost in the wilderness without any supplies, and it will be days before anyone realizes that she’s in trouble. She begins the journey to find her way home, contending with infection, starvation, thirst, and wild animals along the way. McGinnis is known for writing tough female protagonists and gritty realism, and she holds nothing back in this latest novel. Ashley is angry, vulnerable, smart, and compelling, and her journey is marked by setbacks, terror, and plenty of gross-out moments. This captivating, fast-paced novel is Hatchet for an older crowd. Highly recommended where adventure and survival fiction are popular.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062561626

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8.3 x 5.5

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use; Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use; Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery; Language: Strong Language; Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

Survival, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee,

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