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By Roddy Doyle

From the New York Times bestselling author

Gráinne stands at the airport with her fists clenched, and watches and waits. Her stepmother and half brothers are off on an adventure vacation in Finland, and Gráinne's birth mother is visiting for the first time since she was little. Now Gráinne wonders: Will meeting this woman heal or hurt?

In the icy north, the boys are having a wild time. Even as the ice stings their cheeks and the trees whip past, every minute in the wilderness is a thrill. Until their mother's sled doesn't make it back to the lodge one night. Unitl they realize that she's lost out in the vast, frozen north with a rogue dog, and it's up to them to rescue her.

A novel of mothers lost and found, Wilderness is part roaring adventure, part family drama - with a charm that's all Roddy Doyle.

Reviews and Awards

"Doyle neatly splits his narrative in two with this dual look at huskies and raw adolescent angst.... In the story lines of both Gráinne and the boys, finding your mother is a simultaneously painful and deeply rewarding process. The rough-and-tumble nature of siblings, with all its love and casual cruelty, comes through loud and clear in Doyle’s crisp prose. Though the variegated ages of the characters may give this title difficulty finding its audience, the story is a pleasure to discover." - Kirkus Reviews

"The genius of Wilderness is how it... looks at adolescence from the point of view of the young.... Here, more in the manner of Jack London, Doyle has found his voice. Wilderness is that rare young adult novel that can speak to every member of the family." - New York Times Book Review

"The short chapters about the mother and daughter reunion perfectly capture Gráinne’s angst and her slow willingness to include her mother in her life.... Doyle is spot-on in his depiction of a blended family, with sibling rivalry, a rebellious teenager, and parents trying their best. The drama and adventure are leavened by generous helpings of Doyle’s characteristic charm, laugh-out-loud humor, and wonderful way with words. Sure to appeal to kids who like adventure tales and to those who enjoy family stories." - School Library Journal

"The interplay of these two narratives lends the novel a richness unusual in children’s adventure fiction... Especially strong in its depictions of the dignified huskies that pull the sleds, this makes an unusual option for fans of Gary Paulsen’s Dogsong (1985).” Booklist 

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Fall 2007
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0-439-02356-4
Price: $16.99/$20.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 224
Foreign Rights: John Sutton Management
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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