It's a list of Brave, Daring, Totally Awesome Things that he and his best friend, Lucas, planned to do together, and the only item left is to hike the Appalachian Trail. But now Lucas isn't there to do it with him.
Toby's determined to hike the trail alone and fulfill their pact, which means dealing with the little things - the...more
I'm a huge sucker for middle grade fiction and an even greater sucker when the main character is a boy who deserves hugs and hot coco. The story was fantastic and bold while remaining realistic in its own sense. While we follow the main character as he trudges through the trail, we also see good in the world, as much as we see the bad.
The story is well paced and I couldn't put it down. A refreshing ...more
It kept me up past my bedtime.
Kid hiking by himself.
(view spoiler)[Maybe this is kind of a spoiler, but this is also definitely a DOG book. Major plot points hinge on a dog. Which is probably part of why I liked it. There is some icky stuff with the dog, so fair warning, but I have a high sensitivity to animal cruelty, and it wasn't too much for me.
I mainly think this might be spoiler territory because the summary doesn't mention the dog at all.
Which is weird to me. ( ...more
If anybody knows how to get ahold of author Meika Hashimoto, we’ve g ...more
"'Grow up'?" Ahead of me, Sean shakes his head. "What does that even mean?"
"I've...always needed people. I've always been a follower. Out here on the trail, I want to learn how to grow up. Depend on myself. Learn how to be alone." (45)
Is it odd that this and all three of the other MG/YA books I've found about the Appalachian trail have involved the protagonist either running away or lying to their parents?
Toby is hiking the Appalachian Trail alone at age 12 with a goal of hiking from VT all the way to Mt. Katahdin. His grandmother doesn’t know where he is and he is a definitely a beginner hiker. He has supplies and a plan, but he can’t account for all that will happen along the way...the blisters, the hunger, the other hikers and ...more
As Toby progresses along the trail interacting with various adults, Hoshimoto does not shy away from the difficulties life can throw at us. She does an excellent job of balancing Toby's experience of both ...more
Toby, a middle schooler, sets out to hike the trail beginning from his grandmother’s backyard. Hiking the trail hadn’t been solely his decision. It was the last thing to be accomplished on a summer “to-do” list that he and his best friend, Lucas, had scripted.
Although the premise of this book is based around the adventure of hiking the Appalachian Trail, I didn’t feel like it was an extremely, adventurous tale. If I am being honest, I found many of the “adventurous” pieces to be boring ...more
I loved the theme of finding solace and solitude and strength in nature BUT ALSO nature can be a deadly beast, so the parallel theme of learning to give and receive support gra ...more