Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

By Abby McDonald

Can a boy-hungry Jersey woman live on the wilds of Canada along with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the writer of SOPHOMORE SWITCH.

Jenna may well hail from the ’burbs of latest Jersey, yet eco-friendly teenager activism is her existence. So while her mother indicates they spend the summer time at Grandma’s Florida condominium, Jenna pleads as an alternative to go to her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Canada. Jenna is psyched on the likelihood to commune with this nature she’s heard approximately — and the lovable, plaidwearing boys she’s sure needs to roam there. yet after a number of run-ins with neighborhood natural world (from a larger-than-life moose to Susie’s sullen Goth stepdaughter to a scorching yet opposed boy named Reeve), Jenna will get the concept her long-held beliefs, like vegetarianism and conservation, don’t play so good with this inhabitants of actual outdoorsmen. A dusty survival advisor deals Jenna fun pointers on navigating the wasteland — yet can she learn how to navigate the turns of her heart?

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Wait up,” I pant, trying not to trip on a tree root. I’m wearing my favorite red Converses, but they’re still no match for the rocky path worn into the ground, littered with tree branches and chunks of dirt. Fiona pauses and turns back, hands on hips. ” I force myself to smile at her. ” I plan on making friends with this girl if it kills me. Fiona sighs, but slows her pace a fraction. ” I squint at the dim trail ahead and think of things we might have in common. Something tells me she’s not into Green Teen stuff.

We can talk through all the issues together, in tons more detail. I could even ask Mrs. ” I beam as though I’m just thrilled by the thought of describing every detail of our cause. “I’m sure I’ll convince you. ” He practically snatches the pen out of my hand to sign. ” I grin, taking back the clipboard to check my progress. Fifty-six down, just another thousand to go. . The crowd around us has swelled to about a hundred students by the time I see Principal Turner huffing his way across the field.

My mind goes blank, just for a couple of seconds, but it’s enough for Fiona to finish my sentence with a withering glare. “Sylvia Plath. ” I try not to sound defensive. “She wrote poetry, too. ” “Yup. ” Lovely. ” I try another, less depressing topic. ” Fiona kicks a tree stump. With her clumpy Doc Martens, I think the tree loses that battle. “Dana is in Calgary, Nina’s traveling with her folks. ” Her voice twists on the last word. ” I offer a tiny bit of sympathy. ” she shoots back, scowling.

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