The Long Way Around (Hardcover)


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Three cousins are excited to spend the night camping by themselves in the mountains of California, but unfortunately there is an earthquake in the middle of the night that cuts off their return path! They will need to use their ingenuity and wilderness knowledge to help them survive as they find a new path back to their families.
I love Anne Nesbet’s books, and this one is beautifully written as always. Though it’s an adventure story featuring earthquakes, a bear, and possible starvation, it’s still gentle enough for middle grade readers and you feel well taken care of the whole way through. I was so impressed with the skills the kids used to help them navigate the unfamiliar territory (they can definitely read a map better than me!). And I may have cried happy tears at the end.

— Emily

In an exciting wilderness adventure, three cousins are cut off from their parents by a huge earthquake—and must hike long and treacherous mountain trails back to safety, with only each other to rely on.

During a hiking trip with their parents in the mountains of California, cousins Owen, Vivian, and Amy are finally allowed to camp for one night at a little lake all on their own. But when a massive earthquake blocks their return path, there’s only one way home: the long way around, through a wilderness filled with fierce animals, raging rivers, unstable weather, and high passes. The hardest challenges the cousins face, however, are the troubles they’ve brought with them: bold Vivian’s fear of starting middle school and of changes she can’t control, Owen’s lingering emotional scars from a car accident, and Amy’s desire to live in stories rather than in boring regular life. Drawing on courage and humor, the cousins weather storms, make the most of dwindling rations, and face their deepest fears in order to bring each other safely home. This gripping contemporary novel from celebrated author Anne Nesbet is bursting with excitement, rich natural settings, and characters who will have readers rooting for them all the way.
Anne Nesbet is the author of the historical middle-grade novels Cloud and Wallfish, The Orphan Band of Springdale, Daring Darleen: Queen of the Screen, and V Is for Victorine, as well as three fantasy novels for middle-graders. Her books have received numerous accolades, including multiple starred reviews and appearances on many best book and notable lists. A professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Anne Nesbet lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Product Details ISBN: 9781536234725
ISBN-10: 1536234729
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: September 10th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English