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Lost in the Backyard


(Orca Book Publishers, 2015)

*Silver Birch Award nominee 2016

​*Ontario Library Association Best Bets Award 2016

*Hackmatack Award nominee 2016-17

*Diamond Willow nominee 2016

*Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA), Young Adult Notable  Book 2016

*Red Cedar Award nominee 2016/2017

*Surrey Schools' Book of the Year nominee 2016-17

*Ottawa Public Library selection for One School, One Book Project 2016-  2019


Flynn's walk in the woods leads him to being lost in the wilderness.  Can half a stick of gum, some lichen and a handful of snow sustain him until he's rescued?  And will he live long enough to recharge his phone?


VOYA "...a satisfying tale of a young man’s personal growth."

Booklist Online "A book that will grab many, including reluctant middle-school readers."

CM Magazine "Highly recommended for those who love adventure and the outdoors [and] readers who just want a quick exciting read."

Kirkus Reviews “Flynn is a 13-year-old with a cocky attitude, eyes that are quick to roll and a flip brashness. The insights he gains during his three-day adventure as he is injured, faces wild animals and becomes hypothermic are satisfying.” 

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