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The End of the Wild

The End of the Wild

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"Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family's livelihood could be threatened"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316245111
0316245119
Characteristics: 266 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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VaughanPLDaniela Jan 03, 2020

Eleven-year-old Fern lives a challenging life with her stepfather and younger brothers. Money always seems to be tight, so Fern often visits the nearby woods for food and refuge. When a fracking company moves into town, Fern’s forest could soon be in peril, but a new business holds the promise of new jobs and opportunities. Will Fern be able to save her forest before it’s too late? Best suited to children who are more mature readers, The End of the Wild is a sensitive and thoughtful novel, tackling themes of poverty, friendship, resilience and the environment.

ArapahoeStaff19 Jul 25, 2017

I was looking for a unique food book and I sure found one. Fern knows the edible foods in the woods behind her house and forages to help feed her struggling family. A fracking company threatens to clear out the woods and the food source that Fern and her family rely on. But it also offers stable jobs. Tough choices.... This multi-layered book addresses poverty, education, natural resources, environmental protection, and conflicts between family, friends, and community. As a bonus, End of the Wild includes recipes from the forest that once belonged to Fern's mother.

Starred reviews by Kirkus and PW. A solid good read.

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