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The Last Wild Place

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Chip Martin s life is going well his biggest problem so far this year has been deciding whether he ll try out for soccer or baseball in seventh grade. But now everything is beginning to fragment, and he s not sure how the pieces will fit back together. His brother Justin s away at college and his sister Kate is busy with her high school activities. His single mom s lifelon ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Peachtree Publishers
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Gr 5-8-Jordan returns with another eco-friendly novel featuring the Martin family. Now that Justin is away at college, Chip, 12, is the man of the house. His mother has become romantically involved with his friend Luther's uncle. The town's community center is providing a temporary home to families who were displaced by a recent Gulf Coast hurricane, and as Luther befriends some of those kids, he seems to be distancing himself from Chip. Seeking solace at a deserted property that he and Luther d ...more
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Aug 01, 2009 Catherine Mustread rated it really liked it
Reminded me of Hiaasen's Hoot, although not quite as humorous, but included more details about endangered animal relocation, in this case Florida panthers. Also added element of homelessness / loss of habitat due to Hurricane Katrina with some families temporarily living in the community. Language seemed a bit stilted, but still enjoyed this family/friendship story, third about this family following Lost Goat Lane and The Goatnappers. Although this works fine as a stand alone novel, I would have ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Jake rated it liked it
I thought that this book was a good read. It had a lot of detailed characters in the book that exersized their emotions so that the book was more detailed. The only thing that I didn't like about the book was after they ended the purpose of the book, they kind of dragged the rest of the story plot around like they were getting bored. This kind-of was the reason I didn't rate this book 4 or 5 stars. Other than this reason, I really liked the book! I really liked the setting of the story and thoug ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Ryan rated it really liked it
I would recomend this book for nature lovers and people who liked Hoot, Flush, and Scat. the book would be good for for younger kids unless an older person is a nature lover.
My favorite character was Chip because he loves wildlife. I could really connect with him because I love wildlife just like he does.
My favorite scene was when Chip and luther went back into the "jungle" after their moms had told them not to. This is where they found out why the rabbit population had decreased over the pas
Jul 07, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Great "boy book" although girls would enjoy it just as much. Chip, the main character, spends his summer exploring "the Old Place" near his home in the Everglades before he will start his seventh grade school year. Chip and his best friend and neighbor Luther both worry about the possibility of their mothers remarrying and uprooting the families and, thus, their tight friendship. Their exploration of the Old Place and its back woods leads to the discovery of a family of endangered Florida panthe ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Bmack rated it really liked it
This book caught my eye because I am looking for books for my upcoming booktalk for Library Life. It is about two friends who find that a panther family is living in the woods behind their homes. It is a story of their fight to save the land and the panthers from a developer who wants to build a meat packing plant on the property. It is definitely a good read.
Oct 17, 2010 Krista rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I read it for a program that we do at our school introducing new praire pasque books so it was a book that I just given. I was glad that this book was given to me to read. I like being able to connect to the stories I read and it reminded me of alot of places in my area.
Jul 01, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Good book when discussing endangered species and lost habitat. Takes place in south Florida near the Everglades.
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Mar 26, 2012 Judy Moody rated it liked it
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It does have a Florida connection and I'm always looking for books boys will like, but this was a bit slow for me.
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Immigrated to Canada, 1974. Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A.; University of Guanajuato, Mexico, M.A. Addresses: Home: Rossland, British Columbia, Canada.


Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special nomination, Parents' Choice Award, and First-Place Award, National Council on Family, all 1997, all for The Sweetest Place; Silver Birch Honours Book designation,
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