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The Canyon's Edge

The Canyon's Edge

Book - 2020
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A year after the death of her mother in a restaurant shooting, Nora is left struggling to stay alive when a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316494694
0316494690
Branch Call Number: J FIC BOWL
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm

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A year after the death of her mother in a restaurant shooting, Nora is left struggling to stay alive when a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong. (Also available in eBook)

A year after the death of her mother in a restaurant shooting, Nora is left struggling to stay alive when a climbing trip with her father goes terribly wrong. (Also available in eBook)


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This was a beautiful book that was mostly novel in verse. Nora and her dad spend the 1 year anniversary of her mom's death by celebrating life (at least the way it used to be). The family of three used to spend time camping and exploring canyons all over. After an afternoon of exploring the canyon, the unthinkable happens and Nora must figure out how to survive the canyon on her own and find her dad. This is a story of survival, rebirth, and hope. I recommend this book for anyone is grade 3rd or higher who likes realistic adventure with an emotional twist.

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courtws
Mar 12, 2021

Hatchet meets Long Way Down, indeed! Gripping. Interesting effect of parts one and three in prose and part two in verse as Eleanor / Nora struggles to survive in the desert slot canyon. Fantastic journey. Great comp title for my own current novel.

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sskiermont
Mar 06, 2021

i really liked this book. I felt i was there the entire time

FPL_Ashley Jan 05, 2021

This incredible tale of survival written primarily in verse is a gripping read! Nora has had to endure a lot, including the death of her mother, and now one year after her mother's death she finds herself alone in the desert after a flash flood sweeps away her father. The combination of prose, free verse, and concrete poetry flowed together beautifully and helped keep me on the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend this book to all survival story lovers in grades 4-6.

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Cobraboy10
Nov 30, 2020

Great book, I recommend for anyone who likes action adventure. A BIG page-turner

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darladoodles
Nov 01, 2020

This new novel in verse from Dusti Bowling was a heart-stopping survival story filled with peril and epiphany. As Eleanor struggles to unite with her father and find a way out of the canyon she ponders the advice of her therapist. There has already been a traumatic event in her past and she is stuck in the "after." Can she find the strength to push through to a new version of that "after" where there is life beyond the grieving? Surviving is filled with decisions and everything is harder than you think it will be. Eleanor embraces that reality and plods on. Anchored with prose on either end of the book, the verse portions tell the story in its glaring reality. I think this one is going to stay with me for quite some time. Hope to see it on the short list for the Newbery in 2021.

OPL_KrisC Sep 22, 2020

A pulse-pounding survival story written in a combination of prose and verse. For fans of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

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Nov 30, 2020

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“Facing fear is a skill that must be learned.”

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