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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Andy has had enough of his dysfunctional family's impossible problems: his father's alcoholism, his mother's advoidance tactics, his older brother's condescension. He's walking away from it all--physically into the wilderness of the Wisconsin woods and mentally into the dark reaches of his own troubled mind.
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Holiday House
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Ms. Yingling
This book is an absolute must for middle school and possibly high school libraries. Equal parts problem novel and adventure story, it will appeal to boys on many levels.

Andy's father, a successful lawyer, cannot control his drinking. From time to time, the family stays in the backwoods of Wisconsin, where the father's drinking is supposed to get better, but it doesn't. It falls to Andy to try to rein in the drinking, drive his father places, and cover up for accidents. This does not help Andy's
Cooper Renner
As a school librarian, I was quite impressed with Carter's novels for junior high and high school students. This is his newest, which I've just finished. Some of the finest realistic novels of the past half-century have been written for children and young adults rather than for adults, beginning perhaps with Charlotte's Web, which is only partially a realistic novel, of course. Alden R Carter has made strong contributions to this field, and Walkaway is no exception. It is especially adept at pre ...more
Andy is fed up with alcoholic father and dysfuntional family. Everyone is in denial that his dad has a problem. The story is set in northern Wisconsin at the family's cabin, and the surrounding peacefulness of the woods is Andy's salvation. His father has a car accident while Andy and others are in the car, and Andy's dad makes him take the blame so it won't tarnish his reputation as a lawyer. When Andy can't take the abuse any longer, he runs away into the woods. He knows a lot about the woods, ...more
Emily Bailey
The inside cover of this book tells of a boy who gets fed up with his life and walks off into the wilderness to try his luck there. The book itself is very different! Andy has depression issues partly due to his father being an alcoholic and his mother not around enough. Andy has always liked being outdoors and on his own and one day decides to leave and gets to skirt his brother, father, and eventually the law as he hides out in the woods. It's a very good story, different than I expected but s ...more
I read this in the car while driving to Indiana with three other people, and I wonder if I would have found this book more compelling if I wasn't so distracted by conversation in the car. I did enjoy how my expectations for Andy (the main character) and what happens to him changed dramatically as I kept reading.
Megan N
Ok...this is probably one of my favorite books ever!!!Seriously it has a whole bunch of action towards the end, and I love how this kid works...he has some 'mental' problems like depression, axienty, and delusion. I recomand this to anyone that likes action, and a whole bunch of great parts.
This book was amazing even though he was going through problem he fought through it. He also went to a mental hospital for at least 1-2 years max.
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