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Oh did I love this Dusti Bowling book and a novel in verse at that!!! Nora's wonderful family has been ripped apart by a random restaurant shooting. As a way to escape their grief and celebrate rock climbing they did as a family, Nora and her Dad explore a canyon but little do they know, they did not prepare for a flash flood to whisk them apart! As Nora tries to find her father she battles scorpions, snakes, poisonings, and even her psychological torment known as the Beast that plagued her after her mother's death. I could not put this book down, I loved the spare yet spine tingling suspense of the language as Nora desperately looks for her father. Nora's journey makes her stronger, makes her want to reconcile with her best friend, return to school and live life like before, will she be able to survive and achieve this. This is a middle school book but YA would love this book as well! A must read!
This book is just simply stunning. The way the author crafts sentences, words, thoughts, it is truly magical. The story, while a tough subject matter, is one that needs to be read. And I've got to say, this one is great for adults who love a great read also -- I was amazed at how this story was crafted. This needs to be in the hands of all middle-grade readers -- put it on their reading lists! I loved The Canyon's Edge, and this is one that I will not forget, and will go back to often just for its beauty in the words.
As a daughter raised by a single dad, this story had me from the beginning. I am way beyond the intended age group this is meant for but have enjoyed all of Dusti's books. I enjoyed how this was written and wish I could give it 6 stars.
My boys and i love Dusti Bowling, but none of us are poets or artistic types. Thus, we enjoyed being introduced to a world we typically don’t venture into and, of course, enjoyed the underlying story. That said, we prefer regular prose. Looking forward to the next DB release!