The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

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While the larger debate about fracking plays out across the book, this is ultimately a story about the complicated effects it has on the life of one girl, a child who has the misfortune of being forced to reconcile fundamentally opposing ideas.
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A modern, beautifully written story set against the backdrop of the controversial issue of fracking that explores the timely themes of poverty, environmental protection, what makes a family, and finding your place in the world.
Eleven-year-old Fern's rundown home borders a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food. It's also her refuge from the crushing responsibility of caring for her wild younger brothers and PTSD-stricken stepfather. But when a fracking company rolls into town, Fern realizes that her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.
Her stepfather thinks a job with the frackers could help pull the family out of poverty. Her wealthy grandfather--who wants to take custody of Fern and her brothers--likes the business it brings to his manufacturing company. Facing adversity from all sides, can one young girl make a difference in the fate of her family and their way of life?
 

About Nicole Helget

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Nate LeBoutillier was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1975 as the first of six children, and he was raised in various small towns located in the heel of that boot-shaped state. Nicole Helget was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1976, and she grew up as the oldest of six girls on a farm outside Sleepy Eye. They met at Minnesota State University in Mankato, and they married in 2008. Together, in North Mankato, Minnesota, they work and live with children numbering six. Horse Camp is their first co-authored book of fiction for young readers.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 17 2017

Though occasional small details may pull readers out of the narrative, this nuanced take on a pressing issue is an important one. Middle-grade readers will find much to think about in this beautifully written story.

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Above average
Reviewed by JENNIFER L. HOLM on May 12 2017

While the larger debate about fracking plays out across the book, this is ultimately a story about the complicated effects it has on the life of one girl, a child who has the misfortune of being forced to reconcile fundamentally opposing ideas.

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