January 11, 2021

#BookReview: Alone in the Woods by @rebeccabehrens @SourcebooksKids

Synopsis: From the author of The Disaster Days comes a thrilling survival story about two former best friends who must work together to stay alive after getting lost in a remote national forest.

Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends...until they aren't. Jocelyn's not sure what happened, but she hopes the annual joint-family vacation in the isolated north woods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.

But Alex still isn't herself when they get to the cabin. And Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls' tube tears it leaves them stranded and alone. And before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost.

Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet backpack, the girls face threats from the elements. And as they spend days and nights lost in the wilderness, they'll have to overcome their fractured friendship to make it out of the woods alive.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: The time POVs in this middle grade story were a little hard to follow. I think it was little much for me to read at ten.  I did like the characters and knowing what happened but it was confusing to me.   This girl oriented survival story was really good though. I loved the authors other book and this one was even better.  I just had to get help with parts of it.  

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-It's the first day of the annual family trip that Jocelyn ("Joss") and Alex's families take every summer to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but this vacation looks nothing like the fun-filled trip that Joss anticipated. Alex has just ended their friendship, and now wants nothing to do with her, preferring to spend all her time texting her new best friend Laura Longbottom, the coolest girl at Walden Middle School. Ever since Alex befriended Laura at Spanish camp, she's been a part of the popular crowd. Her interests have changed, and it seems like Joss has been left behind. Joss doesn't want to go shopping or play with makeup. She just wants to keep the same traditions she's always had with her best friend. When Joss and Alex are forced to go inner-tubing on the river together, the last thing they expect is to get lost in the middle of the woods. The story is told chronologically through Joss and Alex's struggle to survive, and in flashbacks to key turning points in their friendship. Readers will empathize with both girls and ultimately root for their reconciliation. If Behrens's detailed and loving descriptions of the Northwoods of Wisconsin aren't enough, the "Note on the Setting" will convince readers to take a visit-while practicing safe tubing, of course. VERDICT A compelling and relatable middle school friendship tale for fans of survival stories.-Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library╬▒(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"In this classic adventure story with the heart of a relationship drama, it's easy to root for the complex girls and their deep friendship." - Booklist

About the Author

Rebecca Behrens is the author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her latest releases, The Disaster Days and Alone in the Woods, are thrillingly realistic survival stories. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. You can visit her online at www.rebeccabehrens.com.

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