Emma is looking for a way to forget and hopefully move on. It’s been almost a year since her little sister died in a horrible accident. One that Emma feels responsible for – and she wonders if her parents blame her as well. So when she sees an advertisement for canoeing in the Boundary Waters of the North, she decides it looks like the perfect place for her. Emma picks a week that falls on the one year anniversary of her sister’s death, in the hopes she’ll be able to forget, at least for a while.
At first, the trip does begin to give Emma a sense of peace and she moves through it with the other teens without much other than bone tiredness as they portage their canoes and paddle through the endless wilderness. Until one night, Emma has a nightmare about her sister dying and wakes to find the forest isn’t peaceful at all. A natural disaster strikes their camp, and of the seven people who went into the woods, only four survive it. Quickly, the four remaining teens realize they might not make it out either. If they can stick together and pool all their resources – tangible and otherwise – they have a better chance. The problem is, not everyone in the group is ready to share.
Stranded by Melinda Braun is a fast paced book that will keep you turning the pages to see if Emma and her fellow lost travelers can indeed survive the wilds of North America. Any readers who are fans of survival fiction will eat this addition to the genre up!
Recommended for grades 7 and up.