Now available in paperback, this timely coming of age novel takes on the controversial issues of fracking and environmental protection.
Stay away from my woods.
Eleven-year-old Fern doesn't have the easiest life. Her stepfather is out of work, and she's responsible for putting dinner on the tablenot to mention keeping her wild younger brothers out of trouble. The woods near their home is her only refuge, where she finds food and plays with her neighbor's dog. But when a fracking company rolls into town, her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.
Her stepfather needs the money that a job with the frackers could bring to their family, and her wealthy grandfather likes the business it brings to their town. Even her best friend doesn't understand what the land means to Fern. With no one on her side, how can she save the forest that has protected her for so long?
The acclaimed author of Wonder at the Edge of the World weaves a poignant story about life on the poverty line, the environment, friendship and familyand, most of all, finding your place in the world.
About the Author
Nicole Helget is the acclaimed author of the middle grade novel Wonder at the Edge of the World and The End of the Wild, as well as three adult novels, The Turtle Catcher, The Summer of Ordinary Ways, and Stillwater. She has also co-authored a middle grade novel, Horse Camp, and she invites you to visit her online at nicolehelget.blogspot.com and @NicoleHelget. She lives in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In End of the Wild, Nicole Helget has created complex characters and a world you are immersed in like only the best-written narratives can do. The emotional pull and the intellectual quandaries presented feel realistic and you experience what the characters experience, the confusion and emotional rollercoaster that can happen with families, life challenges, and tough social and political issues. In addition, Helget’s book is the best narrative out there on the differing viewpoints on the topic of fracking and its economic and environmental impact. Not only a wondrous story for children but for readers of all ages.