|How to stay invisible
Author: Rudd, Maggie C.
When twelve-year-old Raymond and his pup Rosie are abandoned by his family, he uses his wilderness skills to survive in the woods, but as winter comes, he realizes his wits are not enough, and that perhaps it is time he starts trusting others with his secret.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/23)
School Library Journal (08/04/23)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/23)
The Hornbook (+) (00/07/23)
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School Library Journal - 08/04/2023 Gr 5 Up—Raymond is used to taking care of himself, but when he is abandoned by his parents outside a small town where he knows virtually no one, he must learn how to survive in the woods of North Carolina with just his wits and his dog Rosie. Not only does Raymond have to figure out basics like what to eat every day, he must also continue to navigate the homework, friendships, drama, and dances of middle school. How long can Raymond go unnoticed and keep himself out of a children's home? How long can he stay invisible? This heartbreaking and beautiful story balances a survival tale with classic middle grade friendship story while maintaining an impressive level of believability. Readers will find themselves furious at Raymond's parents and his antagonist at school, and a moment later brimming with love for his loyal friends who accept him as he is. While many of the characters are somewhat static, Raymond and his self-appointed best friend Harlan colorfully fill in the gaps with their emotional honesty. Readers will cheer for Raymond as he learns to fish and build a fire just as hard as they cheer for him to ask the girl to the semiformal dance, or learn to trust in the kindness of others. VERDICT A truly unique blend of survival story and standard middle grade friendship fare, this refreshingly genuine book on resilience and survival will enthrall readers from chapter one. Recommended for collections where survival books and heartfelt fiction are popular.—Emily Beasley - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.