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The Trail
ISBN: 9781338035872
Author: Hashimoto, Meika
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Published: December 2018
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $5.11
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Binding Type: Paperback
Toby has to finish the final thing on The List.

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 blisters, the heat, the hunger -- and the big things -- the bears, the loneliness, and the memories.

When a storm comes, Toby finds himself tangled up in someone else's mess: Two boys desperately need his help. But does Toby have any help to give?

The Trail is a remarkable story of physical survival and true friendship, about a boy who's determined to forge his own path -- and to survive.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation - Camping & Outdoor Activities
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
Dewey: FIC
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Animals, Growing Up, Middle School, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Toby runs off to hike a rugged portion of the Appalachian Trail, a plan made with his friend Lucas, who has recently died. Overcome with guilt and unprepared for the weather and dangers, twelve-year-old Toby (accompanied by a stray dog) encounters numerous perilous situations. Toby shows considerable growth as the backstory behind Lucas's death unfolds. This dramatic survival story should keep adventure-seeking readers turning the pages. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 May)

Gr 4–7—Hiking the Appalachian Trail is not for the faint of heart. The trail extends from Georgia to Maine for more than 2,000 miles. Toby, 12, is determined to make his way across the last 400-plus miles of the trail through Maine, the state that hosts the hardest mile of the entire trek. Toby's reason for setting out on his foolhardy solo attempt becomes clear as the story progresses. He feels guilty because he and his best friend Lucas wrote a list of 10 accomplishments they wanted to complete, the final one being hiking the trail. The penultimate one, jumping off a rope into a quarry, was the deed that accidentally killed Lucas and convinced Toby that he needed to hike the trail to complete their list. Toby knows enough to bring gear, food, and money. But he quickly gets into real difficulty when he runs out of food and becomes chilled. Readers will relish experiencing the dangers of living on the wild side. Toby's trip of self-discovery and adventure matures him into a more confident, less negative person who is finally able to forgive himself and feel happiness. VERDICT This action-packed tale of a boy fighting the elements and his own negative self-image never falters. Buy where wilderness adventure stories and survival tales circulate well.—Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.