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The Hill by Karen Bass
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Seeking a fresh survival story? “The Hill” is here.
How many times have you heard, “I’m looking for something like ‘Hatchet’?” Confidently suggest THE HILL. An entitled teen traverses from tragedy to triumph with an action-packed survival tale based on a Cree Legend. While HATCHET explores man-vs-self and man-vs-nature themes, THE HILL focuses on two main characters - both teen boys - and expands conflict to include man-vs-man and man-vs-fate. When Jared’s private plane crashes, he’s unable to rely on the technology and wealth that have empowered him all this life. Kyle, a Native American, comes to Jared’s aid with kindness, knowledge and wilderness expertise. Cultures collide. Poor decisions ensue. Consequences yield chaos. Only by working together can the boys overcome the obstacles they face. Legend and mysticism are presented with brilliant application of suspended disbelief. As with Riordan’s THE LIGHTNING THIEF and Dixon’s PHOENIX ISLAND, readers who approach this title seeking action and adventure will find that supernatural elements serve to propel the plot’s intensity. Bildungsroman abounds; Empathy is actualized; And Diversity is embraced. In addition to serving as an excellent choice for pleasure reading, English teachers may view THE HILL as an outstanding candidate for class novel study. ~ ARC from publisher. ~ Review by Lisa Brennan, Middle School Librarian @noveltalk
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Reading Progress

August 7, 2016 – Started Reading
August 8, 2016 – Finished Reading
August 28, 2016 – Shelved
August 28, 2016 – Shelved as: reviews-netgalley-copies
November 14, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewed-netgalley

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