The Trail by Meika Hashimoto

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Extreme adventure fans will appreciate the research that went into recounting the life of an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, but other readers will quickly grow weary of the repetitive narrative, the lack of character diversity, and endless near-death experiences. And while the trail is hilly, Toby’s emotional journey is flat.
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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.
 

About Meika Hashimoto

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MEIKA HASHIMOTO's first baking foray was a chocolate cake. She was eight years old and, in her excitement, forgot a few key ingredients like sugar and baking powder. She also left the cake in the oven for far too long. Although it resembled a brick, her parents politely ate it and gave her very encouraging feedback. Meika's baking techniques have improved greatly since then. When she's not kneading bread dough or baking cheesecakes she can be found editing children's books.
 
Published July 25, 2017 by Scholastic Press. 240 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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on Apr 23 2017

Extreme adventure fans will appreciate the research that went into recounting the life of an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, but other readers will quickly grow weary of the repetitive narrative, the lack of character diversity, and endless near-death experiences. And while the trail is hilly, Toby’s emotional journey is flat.

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