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Nature Girl

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  370 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Megan is stuck in the wilds of Vermont for the summer with no TV, no Internet, no cell phone, and worst of all, no best friend. So when Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail with only her little dog, Arp, for company, she decides she might as well hike all the way to Massachusetts where her best friend, Lucy, is spending her summer. Life on the trail isn ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Random House BFYR (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jennifer Feliz
From my personal experience, Nature Girl by Jane Kelley has been a great book so far. The main character Megan is a bit selfish. Megan doesn't want her bestfriend Lucy to go visit her mother in Massachusetts for the summer. The only reason why Lucy is going to Massachusetts is because her mother is sick with the good cancer. Meanwhile, Megan is spending her summer in Vermont with her evil sister Ginna and her dog Arp. Megan didn't want to go to Vermont, but the only reason why she went was beca ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Patty rated it really liked it
OK, I have to tell on great niece, Emma, left this signed-by-the-author chapter book on my coffee table on Christmas day!!! Hummmm! Well it kept sitting there, calling to me, day in and day out. Finally I just had to take a look and, you guessed the rest, now Emma's brand new book has been READ!!! I thought it was a sweet children's book, with a few "lessons to learn" tucked away inside. Shhh! Don't tell Emma...
Sandy Brehl
This story launches with a distinct (and whiny) voice for the middle grade MC, Megan, making her very credible and recognizable. That could prove to be a drawback for some readers who give books only a chapter or two before deciding if they "like" it or move on. I found the writing to be strong and compelling, anticipating that Megan was in for quite a challenging journey, and not just the physical one she faced while hiking the Appalachian Trail as a runaway.
I recommend this book and Megan won
Jul 12, 2016 Zenah rated it really liked it
I thought it was a great survival story the book is about 11 year old Megan who is stuck in Vermont with her family for the whole summer,No best friend,No cell service but when she tries calling her bff Lucy she climbs the tree and calls her to complain about slime in her hair when her sister ginia's boyfriend Sam pushed her in the pond she ends up falling not getting hurt she gets big punishments no tv no fun and she has to deal with ART time meaning that's when they do art but Megan is not the ...more
Nov 10, 2014 Ivy rated it it was amazing
Nature girl is one of my all time favorite books if you like adventure in the woods this is a must read book for you
Jun 24, 2016 Camee rated it liked it
The main character, 11 year old Megan, had me laughing the entire book. She had excellent sarcastic wit and a stubbornness I admired. Yes, this is a book for middle school readers but I can't completely forgive it for lots of cheesy elements.
I liked how Megan's hike revolved around her determination to save her friendship with her best friend Lucy, who was going through a difficult situation of her own as Megan hiked. I think many adults take to the Appalachian Trail to resolve life issues and
Feb 20, 2015 Callaghan rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Introspective Children
Recommended to Callaghan by: research on her agent
Nature Girl By Jane Kelley

My reason for choosing this book: I am researching her agent. I wanted to see what type of material the agent was interested in for a first novel.

This first novel by Jane Kelley was an interesting risk. She chose to write a coming of age book about an 11 yr. old Megan who was on a family vacation. The conflict is her BFF Lucy was unable to join due to health issues in her own family. This caused Megan to have ‘very typical’ acting out behavior for her age; bad attitude,
Apr 18, 2016 Rose rated it it was amazing
Rose’s Nature Girl Review

*May Contain Spoilers*


When I first got this book, I tried reading it… and failed. I attempted a few more times before I gave up for years. But about a week ago, I pick Nature Girl back up. Feel it’s smooth cover and unbended pages. I check the pages and chapters and read the about the author, finally I start to read. My eyes droop and my head hurts after reading it, but faithfully, I keep going. And guess what? This book kicks butt!
In the beggining, Megan is a
Kerry Cerra
Jul 01, 2015 Kerry Cerra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg
Eleven-year-old Megan could care less that her best friend Lucy’s Mom is sick with cancer-- especially since it’s “the good kind.” Not a big deal, kind. Megan only cares that Lucy is going to spend the summer in Massachusetts with her sick mom rather than Vermont with Megan like they had planned. And, Megan never wanted to go to Vermont to begin with. Lucy was the only reason it would have been bearable. Everyone knows that Vermont is full of lakes oozing with slime, trees by the bazillions, and ...more
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Karen Ball
Feb 13, 2011 Karen Ball rated it liked it
Megan Knotts is going into 7th grade, and having the worst summer of her entire life. Actually, the worst summer in the history of the universe, according to her. She's trapped in rural Vermont with her two health-nut, artist parents and her evil boy-crazy older sister Ginia, with no cell phone, no internet, no TV, and worst of all, no best friend Lucy, who was supposed to come with her. Told from Megan's point of view, this is the story of one extremely selfish girl who gets lost on the Appalac ...more
Sep 23, 2011 fiona rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
Nature Girl by Jane Kelley is a book about Megan, a girl going into seventh grade. She goes to a farmhouse her family owns in Vermont with her parents and her older sister, hoping her best friend Lucy can come. But things take a turn for the worst and Lucy's mom got diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Lucy can't go to Vermont. Not only for a week, or a day, or five minutes, but NEVER!!! Megan is having the worst time of her life, she's a city girl from New York, and to her Vermont is gross. Bu ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, teen, childrens
This is a wonderful little book about challenges and overcoming them. Megan Knoll is the main character, the story is written from her point of view. She is spending the summer in Vermont with her parents and older, horrible sister Ginia. Her best friend Lucy was supposed to come and spend the summer with her in Vermont, however, Lucy's mother Alison is very sick with cancer so Lucy is spending the summer with her mother and grandmother at her grandmothers place near Mount Greylock. Megan is dev ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Shira.g rated it really liked it
Shira Goldstein

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
First, a few negatives: For the first chapter or so I thought that Megan was too irksome a character for me – in the beginning she is selfish and whiny and melodramatic and… a total brat, frankly. I also found it frustrating that she shows (even by the end) relatively little regard for the agony that she has put her parents and countless other people through, as her story has been all over the news and countless people have been searching for her. I was also very aware, while reading it, that th ...more
Cathe Olson
Nov 12, 2010 Cathe Olson rated it it was amazing
Loved this middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old girl stuck in Vermont for the summer--no Internet, no cell phone, and worst of all her best friend cancelled at the last minute. Unfortunately, Megan does not take to Vermont very well. She refuses to participate in "art time" or appreciate the beauty of the country. Basically she is a big pill -- even to her friend who only cancelled because her mom's cancer treatments were not going well. When Megan gets lost during a hike and ends up on t ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that Kristi, The Story Siren, suggested that I read this book. At first, Nature Girl seems like it is just a simple story about living in the wild. In the end, however, it is so much 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
Jun 28, 2011 StorySnoops rated it really liked it
Nature Girl is a wholesome adventure read for any girl who has ever dreamed of striking out on a solo journey. Megan is a headstrong girl, who doesn't have the maturity to understand that she is a bit lazy and has a tendency to blame her problems on others. When her friend Lucy opts out of their summer plans, Megan can't relate at all to Lucy's concern for her ill mother (Hodgkin's Lymphoma), and her desire to be by her mother's side. Megan's journey begins with her feeling angry and uncertain, ...more
Pepperell Lawrence
Jan 07, 2015 Pepperell Lawrence rated it really liked it
The Cover 2 Cover Book Club liked this book! We thought it was realistic, and though we did not like Megan at first, we eventually did. She changed and learned how hard it was for Lucy to handle her mother's sickness, and as a result, Megan dedicated her hike to Lucy's Mom. We would recommend this book to people who like books about perseverance and adventure.
Caitlynd Born-Dohm
Jun 16, 2016 Caitlynd Born-Dohm rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago...and I haven't stopped thinking about it. Thing was, I forgot the when I found it again I was like, "REUNITED." This book, despite the characters flaws, is a must-read. Years ago, and I'm still thinking about it! Makes me want to get lost.
Sep 21, 2011 Louisa rated it really liked it
I liked Megan Knotts. She's sullen, annoying and frankly, a total self-centered, spoiled brat. Par exemple, when her best friend, Lucy, has to pull out of tagging along on the Knotts' family vacay to rural Vermont because her mother has cancer...Megan's response is, "But you promised". For real. But I still liked her.

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
Mar 23, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
A story about Megan, an 11 year old New York City girl who is having a miserable summer in Vermont with her art teacher parents and teenaged sister. After some family conflicts, Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail, and ends up hiking alone and having some Big Life Lessons Learned (in relation to her family and to her best friend, with whom she's had a rocky past year). It's not an entirely realistic book, but I really appreciated reading this book as a read aloud right now. It's about a dee ...more
Rissa Cpt. Jack Sparrow Is awesome
What can I say? I read this book for a friend but, UGH! boring, she stuck in her little, My-friend-might-be-mad-at-me world and the all there is to it. It was a waste of reading time.
Angel Dickson
Oct 26, 2014 Angel Dickson rated it it was amazing
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Caroline Deschamps
Sep 30, 2014 Caroline Deschamps rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book with a lot of action. It is very inspiring and the man character is very determined to get to her friend all the way across the appalachian trail.
May 03, 2016 Felicia rated it did not like it
I heard that this book is like a modern version of My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, so I decided to read it, as I really liked My Side of the Mountain. However, I was very disappointed. This book is about a typical social media addicted modern teenager and a real dumb-blond girl. Her attitude and mindset throughout the book was extremely unpleasant to read, being the nature-loving person that I am. Basically, I dislike the book because of the character and how stupid she is, an ...more
Jun 27, 2014 Skyler rated it it was amazing
This is the best book ever. I read it a year ago and it's still my favorite. Soooooo goooodddd.
Jun 02, 2014 Sophia rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! It was very funny. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure and humor.
Sep 02, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
I was confused about this book. It was not at all what I'd thought it would be. I was really unimpressed with the main character's attitude about health food and having to be away from television. I found it hard to relate. It gets better up to a certain point, but I was horrified when she buried the brownie wrappers in the ground. And I worried about the treatment of the dog- you do not feed human food to a dog. She also continued to hide from the helicopters that could have brought her home an ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it
Megan is pretty self-centered at the start of the book. As we find out later, she was actually aware of most of the things that were happening around her, but she didn't know how to deal with them, and didn't think she would be able to do anything helpful, so she did nothing much.

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.

The book is a lot more fun and a
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Jane Kelley lives in Mequon, Wisconsin, with her husband and her lucky black cat. She is very proud to have been the 2013 Thurber House Children's Writer in Residence. After raising her daughter in Brooklyn, Jane is happy to be back in her childhood home, at the edge of a magical woods. She studied theater at Northwestern University, where she learned how to get inside a character. She looks forwa ...more
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