From the author of the acclaimed best-seller Holes, winner of the Newbery Award and the National Book Award, comes a new middle-grade novel with universal appeal. Combining horror-movie suspense with the issues of friendship, bullying, and the possibility of ecological disaster, this novel will intrigue and surprise. It will inspire listeners and compel them to think twice about how they treat others as well as their environment.
Be careful. Your next step may be your last.
Fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligas challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble - bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the US Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world.
"Fast-paced. An exciting story of school life, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This engaging eco-cautionary tale...will captivate readers while giving them plenty to think about." (School Library Journal)
"Grounded in well-rounded central characters, this compelling novel holds as much suspense as fuel for discussion." (Booklist)
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