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When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone—left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottwe
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Aladdin
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Rachel 007
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Oh I really liked this one. A LOT. I could not put it down. The verse format made it easy to read and understand. I loved Maddie's story of survival. This would be a strong fit for those who loved Hatchet, I Survived series, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and for reluctant readers. I loved all the love for libraries/books/librarians!

The reason this isn't a complete 5 stars was I would have loved to know why the evacuation happened, what the world was like before (we got some vague hints), and a b
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
5 Stars

This was a lot deeper and more emotional than I was expecting, and I loved it. A fantastic story that you don't want to put down. A book that I believe will stay with me for a long time.

Side note: For those (like myself) who are sensitive to the death of pets and other animals, be warned that there are sections of this book that are very difficult to read.
Nicole M. Hewitt
I know Megan's work well, so I was unsurprised to find that the verse in this book is utterly gorgeous--simple, understated free verse that is, at the same time, incredibly powerful. The story follows young Maddie, who is accidentally left behind when her town and the surrounding area is mysteriously and suddenly evacuated (her divorced parents each think she is with the other due to an unfortunately-timed lie). Maddie is left completely alone with only her neighbor's trusty rottweiler George to ...more
Nicole Lesperance
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am generally not a huge fan of novels in verse, but I inhaled this book in one sitting, my heart in my throat, and then sobbed at the end. This story of 12-year-old Maddie, who wakes up one morning to discover that her entire town has been evacuated and she's been left behind, is harrowing, poignant, and thought-provoking. The language is gorgeous, and the spareness of the text on the page highlights Maddie's sense of loneliness and isolation. I have to throw in a shout-out to George, the best ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to read an ARC of ALONE, Megan E. Freeman's debut. This novel-in-verse tells the story of Maddie, a 12-year-old who is mistakenly left behind when her Colorado town is evacuated due to an imminent threat. Left to her own devices, Maddie carves out an existence for herself and her only companion, her neighbor's Rottweiler, George. Together, Maddie and George find a way to survive as they wait for someone to come and rescue them. But as the seasons come and go, Maddie has to wrestl ...more
Ben Gartner
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I tried to think of something more well put-together, but I think I'll just copy in my raw reaction that says it all, which I sent immediately to the author late at night:

WOW. I just finished ALONE and.... WOW. I am tingling and flush with the experience. It wasn’t just a book, it was an experience. A unique experience like nothing I’ve read before and I loved it. I’ll formulate my thoughts and post a review later, but I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing this with me!! Wow!!
Amanda Rawson Hill
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read in one sitting. Fantastic.
Cassie Thomas
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Alone was FINALLY the modern day Island of the Blue Dolphins I have been waiting for!!! AND IN VERSE. My heart was beating so fast as I turned every page. Maddie is a determined and brave protagonist that spoke so many truths I absolutely think so many kids need to read, but also as a 31 year old adult - remembering what matters, what’s of most importance, was what truly stood out from this story. I love a good survival story, and I think this is a great plot to share, discuss, and dissect with ...more
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a wonderful book for children. It’s a story about a girl who finds herself completely alone in her town and everyone else has evacuated because of an imminent threat. Maddie was supposed to be at her father’s house but her father thought she was at her mother’s house and that is how she ended up being left behind. It’s very interesting how she copes from day to day, how she obtains food and water, and how George the next-door neighbor’s dog becomes her constant companion. She ...more
Gina Adams
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the early copy!

We know by now I love a good survival story, but this one is different. Maddie is 12, and lies to her divorced parents one night - tells mom she’s with dad and vice versa, and then really spends the night at her grandparents’ empty house (they live in South Carolina half the year). That one night is colossal... while she’s sleeping, the residents of her town are loaded into transport vans and taken away. When she wakes up, she’s the only p
Christina Li
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful survival story! I started reading this book at 10 PM and I could not put it down. What blew me away about the story was that it wasn't just about survival (although Megan describes Maddie's journey of survival with such stunning and vivid imagery) -- it broke my heart just how Maddie came of age alone, fending for herself while growing up and passing all the significant milestones of adolescence. This made me so very emotional and I hope that it is in classrooms everywhere! ...more
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
I was really excited when I discovered Alone because it sounded dystopian to me, and I couldn't remember having read anything like it. I instantly preordered because I was so intrigued! I didn't realize at the time that Alone was written in verse. To be perfectly honest, I was worried when I found out. I have DNF'ed several middle grade books over the years that were written in verse, but I had absolutely no problems with the writing or the structure of Alone. I think that format enhanced Alone! ...more
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing


I never thought a middle-grade novel would be gripping, but “Alone” had me at the edge of my seat.

Firstly, I love the style of writing! The author narrates the story in free-verse, which makes it so entertaining to read. Similarly, I loved how Maddie matures as she survives. She goes through so much, and you can slowly see her perception changing of the world, her family, and her friends. Maddie goes through a multitude of em
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alone is a novel in verse that tells the story of Maddie, a 12 year old who lives between her mother and father's house in a small town in Colorado. Told in the first person, Maddie plans a secret sleepover which her friends back out of. She decides to stick with it and spends the night alone at her grandparents' apartment, waking to discover that her town has been mysteriously evacuated and she is the only one left. Cell phones have been abandoned. She can't reach anyone, and her parents both b ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel in verse takes a really unique spin on the survival story. Maddie is left behind when her small Colorado town evacuates suddenly. As the water and power are shut off, she must figure out how to survive by foraging through houses and stores for what she needs. I love that she breaks into the town library to look for books since she no longer has access to the Internet. There are a number of references made to Island of the Blue Dolphins, both overtly in her thoughts and subtly such as ...more
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this gorgeous, compelling, un-put-down-able book by Megan E. Freeman (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin). A contemporary re-telling of Island of the Blue Dolphins (a childhood favorite of mine, so I was in from the start), Alone tells the story of 12-year-old Maddie, who accidentally gets left behind when her town gets evacuated. The story is equal parts harrowing, thrilling, inspiring, and beautiful. And the novel-in-verse format works so well. It makes the horrif ...more
Wow! Just wow. I have no idea how to even put into words my thoughts and feelings about this book. By the time I finished reading I was alternating between..
(1) Thinking about what I plan to do with my one wild and precious life?
(2) Double checking my pantry to see what I currently have in stock.

This novel in verse follows Maddie as she wakes up one morning completely and utterly alone. A beautiful story of hope and resilience and a nod to some wonderful poetry, books and libraries. I liked the
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alone by Megan E. Freeman is a well-written middle-grade survival novel with a tenacious protagonist and engaging plot. I would definitely recommend this to fans of adventure and survival stories as well as those who enjoy a good verse novel. This would also make a great selection for kids in grades 7 and up, as it does feature a mature protagonist who gets older in the course of the story. Readers who enjoy middle-grade books with animals will also love this one. Ultimately, a well-written debu ...more
Jessica Vitalis
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I generally enjoy survival stories, and I enjoy novels in verse, but I wasn't sure how the two would work together. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader copy of this story, and I was absolutely blown away. I fell in love with Maddie (and her rescue dog George) and ended up reading this book in one sitting. The plot moved along at a brisk clip but there was still plenty of time to contemplate Maddie's fear, loneliness, heartache, and hope, and readers won't be able to resist putting t ...more
Chrystal D. Giles
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story of survival! This verse novel keeps the reader on edge, urging you to turn the page all while weaving in endearing moments of reflection. A great debut!

eARC provided by NetGalley
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Compelling novel in verse about 12-year-old Maddie, who is left behind when her town is mysteriously evacuated overnight. How she learns to survive makes for a fascinating read. In fact, I read this in one day. The verse format is perfect for this intensely emotional story, with absorbing details about Maddie's life on her own, accompanied only by a loyal dog. You need to read this book! Thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced reading copy. ...more
Phil Jensen
Apr 09, 2021 marked it as notes-on-unfinished-books
I read about 50 pages. I was way more interested in the setting than in the main character. This setting is creative, but I did not find the main character or the verse to be very distinguished.
Richie Partington
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, box5
Richie’s Picks: ALONE by Megan E. Freeman, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, January 2021, 416p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6756-9

“Desolation (n.) deprivation of companionship; emptine; sorrow; woe”

“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it seems like years since its been here”
-- George Harrison (1969)


Reach for remote.
Grave-faced news anchor talks to camera.

‘...imminent threat resulting in emergency
evacuations...state of
priority to secure the homeland...infr

In the small town of Millerville, Colorado, twelve-year-old Maddie divides her daily life between her mom’s new family and her dad’s new family. Feeling a bit adrift, she loves both units but grudgingly. One day, she hatches a ploy with her two friends to have a secret sleepover at her grandparents’ home. She tells her mom that she is with her dad and vice-versa. But the sleepover doesn’t materialize and Maddie hunkers down for the night with a whole lot of junk food and the fear of her mum disc
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Maddie's courage shines through as she faces a challenge of enormous proportions. Maddie's pretty typical young teen as she balances time with her dad's family and time with her mom's family. She's interested in spending time with her friends and starting to find her mother a bit irritating. A sneaky plan to have a sleepover with her two BFFs at her grandparent's empty summer apartment turns disastrous when she ends up alone after the entire city is evacuated without her knowledge.

Suddenly, Madd
Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
I am conflicted about this book. Is it a 3 stars read or a 4? I am sad that it wasn't a 5 stars read because the way it introduced itself in the first few chapters, I was confident this was going to be one of the best books I've read this year, but alas that didn't happen. Though, this is the most unique book I've read in the post apocalyptic genre. Imagine a story being told in free verse. One poem continues itself into another, building a detailed world of intrigue. Alone starts so strong with ...more
Patti Barker
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-posse
I have to say this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Like "can't put it down until I finished it!" Written in free verse, it draws the reader in from the start because with everything going on in the world today, it doesn't take much imagination to see this happening. As Maddie foraged for food, I was having "Walking Dead"flashbacks, but thankfully her only scary encounter was with a group of looters and a pack of wild dogs. Even though the title suggests, it, she was not comp ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
I have never read a book in verse before so I went into this one a little bit leery of if I would like it or not. I can't say that I am a huge fan of books written in verse but that wasn't my real problem with this book.

So Maddie is left behind when her town is evacuated because she lied to her divorced parents about where she was going to be. She told her mom she was at her dads and her dad she was at her moms and then she was suppose to meet up with friends but they bailed and so she went ahea
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
From Goodreads Employees summer '21 recommendations comes Alone by Megan E. Freeman. This book, meant for the YA crowd, was thoroughly enjoyed by this Baby Boomer who found it an edge of the seat sort of read.
Maddie, 12 years old going on 13, plans a secret girls night out with her two best friends at her Grandma's unoccupied summer apartment. Surrounded by snacks and sodas and frozen pizzas she waits for her friends to arrive. As luck would have it, her friends can't make it so Maddie spends th
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maddie is twelve. Her parents are divorced. She alternates weekends with them. One weekend she plans to go to her grandparent's apartment and invite two friends to sleepover with her. She lies to her parents telling one she is with the other parent vice versa. Her friends cancel and she is left by herself. She stays and goes to sleep awakening to a unbelievable living nightmare.

Overnight, an emergency took place which caused an immediate evacuation for everyone everywhere it seems. Maddie is lef
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Megan E. Freeman attended an elementary school where poets visited her classroom every week, and she has been a writer ever since. She writes middle grade and young adult fiction, and her debut middle grade novel, ALONE, is available from Simon & Schuster/Aladdin. Megan is also a Pushcart-nominated poet, and her poetry chapbook, LESSONS ON SLEEPING ALONE, was published by Liquid Light Press.

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