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The canyon's edge

by Bowling, Dusti,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Hatchet meets Long Way Down in this heartfelt and gripping novel in verse about a young girl's struggle for survival after a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.

One year after a random shooting changed their family forever, Nora and her father are exploring a slot canyon deep in the Arizona desert, hoping it will help them find peace. Nora longs for things to go back to normal, like they were when her mother was still alive, while her father keeps them isolated in fear of other people. But when they reach the bottom of the canyon, the unthinkable happens: A flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora's father and all of their supplies.

Suddenly, Nora finds herself lost and alone in the desert, facing dehydration, venomous scorpions, deadly snakes, and, worst of all, the Beast who has terrorized her dreams for the past year. If Nora is going to save herself and her father, she must conquer her fears, defeat the Beast, and find the courage to live her new life.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Life can change in an instant, a fact that Nora knows all too well. It's a year since the tragedy that stole her mother, and, like clockwork, another accident strikes, this time while hiking in a remote Sonoran Desert canyon with her father. A flash storm sends a deluge of water down the canyon's dry riverbed, carrying away Nora's father in its strong current. As Nora fights waves of panic, her harrowing tale of survival unfolds through a mix of free-verse and concrete poetry. Flashbacks and nightmares fill in details about her mother's death and the PTSD it imprinted on the lives of Nora and her father. Nora is an experienced outdoorswoman, but the storm washed away her pack of supplies, leaving her with only her ingenuity. Determined to find her father, she begins to walk and rock climb in the direction that he disappeared. Her physical struggles--hunger and thirst, sunburned and scraped skin--are intercut with internal ones, blending her journey through grief with her current plight in the canyon. Bowling's (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, 2017) spare writing packs a powerful wallop, and the tense blurring of reality and nightmare effectively conveys Nora's semi-hallucinatory state. Yet Nora finds ways to overcome the frightening obstacles before her, resulting in a triumphant story of healing and bravery."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the year since Nora's most recent birthday, when a restaurant shooting resulted in the tragic death of her mother and a PTSD diagnosis for Nora, the girl's father has kept her isolated and protected from the world. Unsurprisingly, Dad decides to celebrate her birthday with a trip far from civilization: rappelling into a slot canyon in the Sonoran Desert. Having grown up rock climbing and hiking through deserts, Nora is well versed in survival skills, but after the two travel for several hours, a flash flood steals away her father, leaving Nora alone with no supplies, no idea whether her dad is alive, and struggling to survive while keeping the demons of the last year at bay. Writing primarily in verse, with a few narrative passages, Bowling (24 Hours in Nowhere) creates a fast-paced, gripping novel in which Nora confronts dangers such as scorpions and snakes. The effective stream-of-consciousness narration jumps from Nora's teeth-gritting determination to despairing flashbacks of the shooting that killed her mother and the fatigue-wearing "Beast" who still haunts her. Because the entire story spans roughly 48 hours, readers learn little about Nora outside of these two incidents, lessening the opportunities to connect with her. Still, the high level of tension and the emotional pull of Bowling's writing make this a praiseworthy, adventure-filled story. Ages 8--12. Agent: Shannon Hassan, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Survival -- Juvenile fiction.
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Juvenile fiction.
Hiking -- Juvenile fiction.
Canyons -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Fiction.
Hiking -- Fiction.
Canyons -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Description 307 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780316494694
0316494690
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