Wilderness and Adventure Story

Today I have a wilderness and adventure story.  This one will appeal to kids who appreciate books like My Side of the Mountain.  There is plenty of action and suspense that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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Title: On the Runwilderness and adventure story on the run

Author: Tristan Bancks

Target: Grades 4-7

Series: No

What this book is about:

Ben likes making movies in his room after school while his parents work. However, one day police arrive at the door asking about his parents. The next thing he knows his parents are whisking Ben and his sister off on a “vacation” in the woods which Ben feels is highly suspect. He starts to become convinced that his parents are running from the law and when the police do find them Ben and his sister are forced to live on their own in the woods. Ben is grappling with doing the right thing versus supporting his parents and no decision feels easy.

Why I love this book:

  • First off this is an adventure story with some great action scenes and edge of your seat chases. There is no shortage of moments when you think this family is done for and Ben’s moral confusion just adds to the suspense.
  • There is no pretense that living in the woods on your own is an easy gig. But we also get to see the pull of nature on kids and how important it is they get time in this big beautiful world, outside of the confines of their neat homes.
  • That moment when parents disappoint you in a fundamental way is a tough time for Ben. No amount of money can ever compensate for that.

Who this book is for:

This is a wonderful book for kids who love adventure and suspense. This book was inspired by My Side of the Mountain so if your kids like that story this is a good pick. It also reminded me of Zebra Forest.

Final thoughts:

I will never steal and take my kids on the lam. Not a good idea.

To purchase this book:

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