Author: Hashimoto, Meika
Toby and his friend Lucas made a list of things to do the summer before they entered middle school, but now Lucas is gone, and Toby sets out to fulfill the promise he made to his friend, to finish the list by hiking the Appalachian Trail from Velvet Rocks to Mt. Katahdin, an undertaking that he is poorly prepared for--and which will become not only a struggle for survival, but a rescue mission for the starving and abused dog who he finds along the way.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 190836
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 4.70
Points: 13.0 Quiz: 73122
Kirkus Reviews (-) (04/15/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 Gr 4–7—Hiking the Appalachian Trail is not for the faint of heart. The trail extends from Georgia to Maine for more than 2,000 miles. Toby, 12, is determined to make his way across the last 400-plus miles of the trail through Maine, the state that hosts the hardest mile of the entire trek. Toby's reason for setting out on his foolhardy solo attempt becomes clear as the story progresses. He feels guilty because he and his best friend Lucas wrote a list of 10 accomplishments they wanted to complete, the final one being hiking the trail. The penultimate one, jumping off a rope into a quarry, was the deed that accidentally killed Lucas and convinced Toby that he needed to hike the trail to complete their list. Toby knows enough to bring gear, food, and money. But he quickly gets into real difficulty when he runs out of food and becomes chilled. Readers will relish experiencing the dangers of living on the wild side. Toby's trip of self-discovery and adventure matures him into a more confident, less negative person who is finally able to forgive himself and feel happiness. VERDICT This action-packed tale of a boy fighting the elements and his own negative self-image never falters. Buy where wilderness adventure stories and survival tales circulate well.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2017 Instead of hiking the Appalachian Trail with his best friend Lucas, 12-year-old Toby is hiking it all alone, without his Gran knowing where he is. Along the way, Toby befriends a starving stray dog, almost runs out of food, and is caught in a storm that leaves him shivering from the cold. Luckily, he’s rescued by two older teens, easygoing Denver and scowling Sean. Toby’s belief that he’s bad luck is reinforced by all the trials he experiences: he encounters wild animals, withstands extreme weather conditions, and witnesses the best and worst of human nature. When Toby finds himself in a life-threatening situation with Denver and Sean, he learns that he can be self-reliant and a leader instead of a follower. Readers will be drawn into Toby’s exciting journey and empathize with him as he learns an important lesson about forgiving yourself and determining what’s important in life and then fighting for it. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.