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The Canyon's Edge

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Hatchet meets Long Way Down in this heartfelt and gripping novel in verse about a young girl's struggle for survival after a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.

One year after a random shooting changed their family forever, Nora and her father are exploring a slot canyon deep in the Arizona desert, hoping it will help them find peace. Nora longs for things t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Dusti Bowling
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
From my heart to yours. I don't think I've ever been more excited to share a story with the world. ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Edgy. In more ways than one.
I'm not exactly the world's greatest fan of literary or poetic experiments but this one looks unexpectedly good. An emotional and fresh read where the most emotional parts are expressed as some sort of poetic endeavour. Or maybe it was an attempt to make the book longer? Or to express extra things via drawing with words? Or maybe both? Anyway, great stuff, full marks, ths experiment was definitely a succcess.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW: gun violence, ptsd, death of a loved one, flash floods, snakes, scorpions
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A wonderful verse novel about resilience and healing after a tragedy. I think this is going to be incredibly popular with younger teens in the library I work at and I will order three copies. It is quite an emotional story and the pacing is excellent. The author does a good job of foreshadowing the nature of the tragedy that has left Nora and her father with PTSD. Therefore the truth unfolds somewhat ge
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dusti Bowling just gets better and better. The Canyon’s Edge isn’t out until September (thanks to Edeilweiss+ for the eARC) but I know this will be one of my top books of 2020. I love verse novels because of the emotional power of this storytelling and Dusti’s story is perfectly suited for verse. The story is raw, gut-wrenching but ultimately full of hope. I devoured this book because I needed to know that Eleanor was going to be alright. Like Eleanor dying for water I was dying to get back to t ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss+ for an eARC of this book.

This book is definitely one of those titles that will stick with me, and one that I will be booktalking as soon as I add it to my collection in September. I find there is a shortage of good outdoor adventure books, and I love not only the story but the format in which it was told.

Nora and her dad suffered a traumatic event, and life has been extremely different since that time. She and her dad go exploring in a canyon in an attem
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

Dusti Bowling has done it again. I have loved her earlier works and was so, so, so excited to be able to get my hands on this one. I went into it with incredibly high expectations and she knocked it out of the park. The book, told in three parts, centers on Nora, a young girl who goes on a hike in a hidden canyon with her father. They go as a way to celebrate her birthday,
Laura Janette
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful. I loved it.
Seriously, I’m not even sure what words to use.
Just read it.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‪“Living means feeling.”‬

‪Grateful to have read an early copy of The Canyon’s Edge, which releases this September! Read this in one sitting - kept on the “edge” of my seat the whole time. Yet another 5-star book by the incredibly talented 🌵Dusti Bowling! #PunIntended #mglit ‬
This new novel in verse from Dusti Bowling was a heart-stopping survival story filled with peril and epiphany. As Eleanor struggles to unite with her father and find a way out of the canyon she ponders the advice of her therapist. There has already been a traumatic event in her past and she is stuck in the "after." Can she find the strength to push through to a new version of that "after" where there is life beyond the grieving? Surviving is filled with decisions and everything is harder than yo ...more
Theresa Grissom
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Edelweiss+ for an ARC of this book.

Wow! My heart rate is still trying to come down after finishing this book. One of the best books I have read in a long time. Written mostly in verse, this did not take long to read. And, I could not put it down, too intense to take a break! The comparison of this book being a mix of Long Way Down with Hatchet is spot on. I can't imagine a student picking this up and NOT finishing. They will love this! Short chapters, absolutel
Bonnie Grover
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Facing fear is a skill that must be learned.” This book is a novel-in-verse about my favorite topic, survival. Nora is alone in the desert after her father is swept away in a flash flood. She is facing normal desert dangers: dehydration, snakes, ands scorpions. But, she’s also facing internal fears like the Beast who has haunted her dreams ever since her mother’s death, self-doubt and anxiety. Nora has to dig deep to find courage to save herself and find her father. Poetry is the best way to de ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow - What a wild ride! Nora and her dad embark on an adventure exploring Arizona's slot canyons. Nora's mother died tragically the year before. While hiking, a flash flood slams through the canyon leaving Nora and her father separated. She will have to do whatever it takes to survive, including facing her inner fears and negative emotions. This novel in verse will leave you breathlessly turning the pages to find out how it ends. ...more
Cassie Thomas
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nora’s grief is so real to me it almost hurt to read at times. Dusti captures the “after” of losing one parent so well, especially how the dynamic and relationship with the other changes so much.

This is an on the edge of your seat novel in verse that will have you turning pages so quick to figure out the plot - with rattlesnakes and the desert sun coming after you on every page.
Heather Hill
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, digital-arc
Wow. The Canyon's Edge is Ellen Hopkins meets Hatchet (comparison credit to a fellow bookseller, Leah). It's incredibly gripping and I hope it gets the same acclaim as Hatchet has over the years. There are scenes that I know will stick with me long after this reading. Not only is the writing visceral, The Canyon's Edge is an incredible story of survival, coping with grief, dealing with the aftermath of a trauma, and handling PTSD, told through the eyes of a young girl. It's tense, but moving at ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nora's therapist asks, "What do you fear?" (Dying.) and "Are you likely to die in this situation?" (Yes.)
It's been a year since Nora and her dad lost her mother in a violent, unprovoked event. Dad has been grieving by taking Nora out of school and avoiding people; Nora doesn't want to deal with the questions, either, and has pushed away her best friend in the process. After a year, it's time to start healing. Dad and Nora take the Jeep to the canyon's edge, where the family spent their lives cli
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nora is battling PTSD and grief from a devastating loss when a flash flood during a hiking trip threatens to take everything she has left. In order to survive she’ll have to fight the elements while contending with her personal monsters.

Bowling masterfully ties the power of unforgiving nature to the force of unrelenting emotions in this stunning book. I was torn between speeding through the pages to find out what was going to happen and savoring every perfectly placed word as Nora’s pain, guilt
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have so many students who love free verse novels and I’m falling more and more in love with this genre too. Dusti knocks this one out of the park. I cried; I was on the edge of my seat; my heart went out to Eleanor and her dad for everything they went through. This middle grade novel tells a story of grief, healing and survival. I believe it to be Bowling’s best work to date.

“I hope the desert forgives.”

“Be defined by your post-traumatic growth.”

Thank you Edelweiss for an ARC of this book. Al
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! Could not put it down! I will be recommending all my teacher friends and students to read!
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
[4.5/5] One year after her mother is killed by a random shooter, Nora and her father are still tormented by fear and anger. For her birthday, they take a rock climbing trip to a canyon in the Arizona desert. Their family has always been the adventurous sort: traveling, hiking and climbing, and learning about the natural world around them.

But when a flash flood in the canyon carries her father away, Nora must find the will to survive alone in the harsh climate of the unforgiving desert.

The Canyon
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 - the emotions - so many thoughts - really made me think. How am I living - fear can paralyze us or can make us stronger
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow 👏 😮

Story: 4 🌟
Narrator for audiobook: 4 stars 🌟

Pulls you in and doesn't let go. The tear ducts were definitely working toward the end for a few reasons.

*listened to via Overdrive app from the library*
Liv Morris
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Between this and Fighting Words 2020 truly is the year of really good middle grade books about trauma
M.L. Little
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange Partner: The Canyon’s Edge by @dustibowling. Releases 9.8.20 through @littlebrownyoungreaders. .
Ever since her mom was killed as a bystander in a shooting, Nora and her dad have avoided society. They were always adventurous and outdoorsy as a family, but now they spend their entire lives hiking, camping, and rappelling. Now that she is getting older, Nora begins to resent this lifestyle and wants to get back to normal and go to school again. Just as tensions between Nora and her
Julie Kirchner
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2020
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for an E-ARC! This book was amazing. I couldn’t put it down. I loved the format, I loved the suspense, I loved the characters. It is going to fly off the shelf. Dusti has an amazing gift and I am grateful I had the chance to read an early copy.
lily reads and other things
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
This gripping novel of survival and working through grief is written mostly in verse, and Bowling doesn't waste a single word.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Rhonda Jenkins
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to win a NetGalley copy of this book from Dusti! Thank you!!
I downloaded it on April 8. I began reading it before I went to bed that evening and read about 8%. This small taste grabbed my attention. I picked it up again the next day around 11:00 pm. I couldn't put it down. I finished it two hours later!

The father-daughter relationship shows so much love. You know a tragedy had taken place in the past, but you never quite understood what it was until later. Even though Nora
Laura Gardner
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
File this one under heart-stopping adventure. 🧗‍♀️ .
Thank you to @dustibowling and @littlebrownyoungreaders for sharing this book with @Kidlitexchange; it comes out 9/8/20. Preorder now!
@dustibowling books are very popular in my library, as are novels in verse and survival stories. So when I discovered that this book hit the trifecta, I knew it would be awesome. .
One year after a tragic shooting that claimed her mother, Nora and her father set out on a climbing trip in the Arizona desert.
Kate McCue-Day
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dusti does it again with an edge of your seat adventure on the lines of 24 Hours in Nowhere. She just knows how to write for the middle grade kid. I can't wait to get this in the hands of students. ...more
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DUSTI BOWLING grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. She released her first middle grade novel in 2017 and hasn't stopped writing since.

Dusti's books have won the Reading the West Award, the Sakura Medal, a Golden Kite Honor, the Silver Nautilus Award, and have been nominated for a Cybil and over twenty state awards. Her books are Jun

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