Author: Dusti Bowling
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 8/20
Thank you to Edeleweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.
Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved how Dusti Bowling has stayed close to her roots and is sharing her love of the desert and providing readers with so many different avenues to explore the desert. This book is very different from her previous books and I love the direction she has taken with this book.
It’s Nora’s birthday and she’s about to go on one of her family’s favourite activities -hiking in the desert, except it’s also the anniversary of her mother’s death. She and her father have returned to the desert to hike to try to move forward and overcome the grief that have stricken them both in different ways.
Nora has been diagnosed with PTSD. Her father has developed an irrational fear of not being able to keep Nora safe with people around. So life has changed in many ways. Now they have come to the desert and lowered themselves down into a canyon in an attempt to restore some sort of normalcy in their lives. Then the thinkable happens, a flash flood sweeps Nora’s dad away after he gets her safely on higher ground.
Now Nora alone has to fight the physical and the mental demons. Divided into two sections and told in verse, readers are put through an emotional roller coaster not only from the physical survival standpoint but also the mental strain and suffering Nora has been going though. This is a survival story that readers will have a hard time putting down – anxious to see if she survives the physical situation she is currently in and whether she will find her father but also to find out more of the details of what happened to her mother and how she moves forward.
If you didn’t preorder this one to arrive on its release date (September 8), you’ll want to change that, but make sure you have a couple of hours of uninterrupted time, as you won’t be able to out this one done.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Gr.5+