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Nature Girl by Jane Kelley is a gripping story about and eleven year old girl named Megan who is unmotivated, believing no one but one friend truly cares about her. At the beginning of the story we find Megan unhappy with her parents decision to take the family to Vermont for the summer. One key reason she is displeased is that her one true friend cannot come. When her parents insist she explore nature in the great outdoors she finds an adventure she hasn’t been looking for. It i...more
Megan starts out as a very bored and lazy pre-teen. She is depressed and doesn’t think she has much to live for. Megan’s parents force her to take a hike with her dog, Arp. While hiking, Megan and Arp get lost and they rely on each other for comfort and protection. It seems that Arp is the only one...more
Admittedly, she is not a nice person for a good three quarters of the novel. However, (and I think this is the beauty and success of the book) we as readers are willing to let her...more
When she accidently starts a solo hike down the Appalachian Trail, with her mother's spoiled dog, it gives her a new perspective on her own abilities, and she learns from the experience.
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This is an original and wonderful book.
The narrator, Megan, is a grumpy, stubborn and blunt eleven year old. Realizing that she has been unforgivably insensitive to her best friend, Lucy, who is struggling with her mother's cancer treatment and possible death, she is determined to apologize.
Megan runs away from her artistic family and their summer retreat, and undertakes a seemingly impossible journey to reach Lucy and her mother.
The character and her interior monologue, as well as her approach...more