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 to go back to normal, like they were when her mother was still alive, while her father keeps them isolated in fear of other people. But when they reach the bottom of the canyon, the unthinkable happens: A flash flood rips across their path, sweeping away Nora's father and all of their supplies.
Suddenly, Nora finds herself lost and alone in the desert, facing dehydration, venomous scorpions, deadly snakes, and, worst of all, the Beast who has terrorized her dreams for the past year. If Nora is going to save herself and her father, she must conquer her fears, defeat the Beast, and find the courage to live her new life. Author:
Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersPublished:
7.70h x 5.60w x 1.30dISBN:
Ages 9-12Accelerated Reader:Reading Level:
Middle GradeQuiz #/Name:
509712 / Canyon's EdgeReview Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews
06/01/2020School Library Journal
08/01/2020 pg. 70Booklist
08/01/2020 pg. 57Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Dusti Bowling is the bestselling author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, 24 Hours in Nowhere, Momentous Events in the Life of a Cactus, and The Canyon's Edge. Dusti holds a B.S. in Psychology and lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, a dozen tarantulas, a gopher snake named Burrito, a king snake name Death Noodle, and a cockatiel named Gandalf the Grey