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From international bestseller Stephen King, a classic story that engages our emotions on the most primal level, a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm but aglow with a girl’s indomitable spirit.

What if the woods were full of them? And of course they were, the woods were full of everything you didn’t like, everything you were afraid of and instinctively loathed, everything that tried to overwhelm you with nasty, no-brain panic.

The brochure promised a “moderate-to-difficult” six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, where nine-year-old Trisha McFarland was to spend Saturday with her older brother Pete and her recently divorced mother. When she wanders off to escape their constant bickering, then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut through the woods, Trisha strays deeper into a wilderness full of peril and terror. Especially when night falls.

Trisha has only her wits for navigation, only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fear. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox games and the gritty performances of her hero, number thirty-six, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her—her key to surviving an enemy known only by the slaughtered animals and mangled trees in its wake.

Topics: The Outdoors, Wilderness, Folk and Fairy Tales, Hiking, Monsters, Baseball, Survival, Childhood, New Hampshire, Forest, Maine, Spooky, Adventurous, Psychological, Suspenseful, Dark, and Bildungsroman

Published: Scribner on Jul 15, 1999
ISBN: 9780684835839
List price: $7.99
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“I need to pee.” Trisha said. Well, this is an interesting book. It starts out with a young girl, maybe 8 or 9, getting lost in the woods. She is a HUGE Red Sox fan, so she admires Tom Gordon. SPOILERSShe is hiking in the woods with her divorced mother her older brother. Now, they’re arguing, because Pete(her brother), is very mad at his mother for making him go on this hike with her. Trisha needs to go to the bathroom, so she tries to tell them. Unfortunately, they don’t hear her. So, she is forced to go into the woods to do her business there. Eventually, she gets lost in the woods. Pete and Trisha’s mom call the police to try and look for her. She wanders in the woods, gets attacked by wasps, falls down cliffs, and even going through swamps and quicksand. When she gets out of the woods, she is saved by a hillbilly hunter. She was getting attacked by a bear, and the hillbilly shot at it, and I believe that he killed the bear. Honestly, I think this is a great book. Even though it’s not his later works, like The Stand and Salem’s Lot, it’s still a good read.read more
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Baseball as a major theme in any book causes it to lose 2 stars automatically. Boring and stupid.read more
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Definitely not one of his best. Fortunately a quick read.read more
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“I need to pee.” Trisha said. Well, this is an interesting book. It starts out with a young girl, maybe 8 or 9, getting lost in the woods. She is a HUGE Red Sox fan, so she admires Tom Gordon. SPOILERSShe is hiking in the woods with her divorced mother her older brother. Now, they’re arguing, because Pete(her brother), is very mad at his mother for making him go on this hike with her. Trisha needs to go to the bathroom, so she tries to tell them. Unfortunately, they don’t hear her. So, she is forced to go into the woods to do her business there. Eventually, she gets lost in the woods. Pete and Trisha’s mom call the police to try and look for her. She wanders in the woods, gets attacked by wasps, falls down cliffs, and even going through swamps and quicksand. When she gets out of the woods, she is saved by a hillbilly hunter. She was getting attacked by a bear, and the hillbilly shot at it, and I believe that he killed the bear. Honestly, I think this is a great book. Even though it’s not his later works, like The Stand and Salem’s Lot, it’s still a good read.
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Baseball as a major theme in any book causes it to lose 2 stars automatically. Boring and stupid.
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Definitely not one of his best. Fortunately a quick read.
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Great short read. It turns the fears of a child into something supernatural, and then one doubts oneself if it was real or imagined. A good novel.
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This may well be the best work Stephen King has ever done. Using his own minimalistic technique, this story of a nine year old (almost 10 and is big for her age) protagonist who finds herself lost in the Northern Maine woods, grips you from the start and builds subtly to a quiet ending. For once, he ended the damned thing right. SK has always had his problems with that. He evokes the works of Hawthorne ("young Goodman Brown") and Melville (Barnaby the Scrviner:) with the darkness of the God of the Lost. At the end, we find it's just a 400 black bear. Isn't it? We're not really sure, because it doesn't act like a bear (which are mostly herbivorus) and it doesn't (sometimes) look like a bear.
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I'm not a Stephen King fan, so I picked up this book with trepidation & only began to read because it was an assignment for one of my book groups, but I found it a pleasant surprise. Unlike his usual fare, this slim volume tells the story of a young girl's survival in the New Hampshire woods after she gets separated from her mother and brother on the Appalachian Trail.Trisha is tired of her brother and mother constantly arguing and ducks off the trail to pee. When she finishes she sees that they had come to a fork in the trail and, unfortunately for her, takes the wrong fork and soon finds herself hopelessly lost. Surviving on her ingenuity, her slim knowledge of how to survive in the woods,her nightly baseball games courtesy of her Walkman and her internal conversations with her Red Sox hero Tom Gordon, Trisha manages to keep herself alive.The only part that doesn't ring true is Kings inability to write a novel without throwing in a sexual predator and turning a bear, which would be scary enough without his machinations, into some kind of other-worldly creature. But those are minor quibbles. This is an engrossing novel for anyone's airplane trip.
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