Author: Freeman, Megan E.
The story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town. As months pass, Maddie escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But her most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie's stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2020 Maddie, 12, has the perfect plan to spend the night with her two best friends, away from parents and siblings, but when it falls through, Maddie takes advantage of the solitude. By the next day, however, everyone else is gone, evacuated ahead of an imminent threat. While she waits to be rescued, Maddie uses her common sense and courage to figure out how to survive. Months and then years pass with her only company the neighbor's rottweiler, George. Maddie is finally resigned to living out her life alone when help finally arrives. Maddie's first-person narrative is expressed perfectly through Freeman's verses, in short passages and spare images. Especially striking is the personal growth Maddie experiences over time as she handles frightening situations: a band of looters, a tornado, and a severe injury. The novel is gripping, and the plot fast-paced, although the ambiguity around the evacuation and the imminent threat and its resolution frustratingly strains credulity. That aside, this is a tense, engrossing survival story on par with classics such as Hatchet. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.