Nature GirleBook - 2010
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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 devastated and shows this quiet well, she makes a scene any time she cans and revolts against Art time in the morning stating that she cannot do art; her parents and sister are very talented artists, Megan is not. One morning Megan's parents state they are going to town to get the car fixed, take in a movie and visit some friends, the girls are supposed to hike with Sam, Ginia's boyfriend, and then to spend the night at his parents cider house. Megan, not too happy about this, goes because she is forced to not because she wants to. Soon Megan becomes lost in the Woods as Ginia and Sam have taken off and she cannot find them. Megan and the family dog Arp set off in an adventure to get to Mount Greylock to spend the rest of the summer with Lucy, however, little do they realize just how far away Mount Greylock is now how much they will both go through on their journey. Megan meets many people and creatures along the way, suffers through aches and sores, lack of food and water and a rescue team out to find her, but through it all she reaches her goal with a new found freedom and respect for herself and others, even life in general. She didn't think anyone would care about her if she left, she also wanted to make each member of her family pay for being so mean to her, but along the way things start to become clearer as to why they happen and why she is treated as such. Not to mention she starts to understand how hard things must be for Lucy dealing with her mother’s cancer. She finishes her journey and apologizes to everyone, who also do the same in return. A new chapter in everyone's lives has started. This year will be better and Megan knows it.
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