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Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Journey Home , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 10, Wendy rated it liked it. This was not nearly as good as the first one. There were exciting parts with Kim but I didn't feel it was as developed as the first book. Sep 21, Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it.
They've been living with him, and enjoying the beauty of the scenery and the lower stress living of being in the wilderness, but they miss some things about home, especially their mother. When they find out their father has been hiding a cell phone for work, they call up their old number, hoping to hear their mother's voice Library Copy After their mother was supposedly killed by her boyfriend , Bull, in The Wilder Boys, Jake and Taylor traveled from Pittsburgh to the Tetons to find their father. When they find out their father has been hiding a cell phone for work, they call up their old number, hoping to hear their mother's voice on the answering machine She survived unlike Bull , but Bull's gang is after her for the money Bull had.
With winter settling in, Jake and Taylor decide to return home. Along the way they get a lot of unexpected help, especially from Kim, who wants to reconnect with her own father in Denver, and have one disaster after another. They are caught in an avalanche, Bull's gang's henchmen kidnap them in Chicago, and the boys must use all of their survival skills to get back home.
Strengths: The pacing of this was fantastic, the characters well developed and engaging, and the adventure top rate. I loved how instructive survival techniques got worked into the plot. I also loved the balance that the boys showed-- unlike their father, they could see some good things about the city. Weaknesses:I had trouble buying all of the coincidences.
What I really think: This is a strong middle grade "fantasy" that should be getting a LOT more attention, but I think adult readers probably look at it and think "Someone should call Children's Services! Those boys shouldn't be out their on their own! But it's a wish fulfillment-- when I wanted to run away from home in the 6th grade, I was certainly going to live in the woods.
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By my aunt's house. She had a fridge in her garage and I knew she never locked the door! Jun 11, Tiz. Here is the thing: I love survival books about people living in the wild, so I'll read basically anything with that premise.
This said, a book must have a reason why people are living in the wilderness, even just "they like it". There is 0 reason for this book. Why the protagonists leave their father? Do they really think they can help their mother?
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What is the logic of "let's leave everything and go back to our mother who we left because it was dangerous and guess what it is still as dangero Here is the thing: I love survival books about people living in the wild, so I'll read basically anything with that premise. What is the logic of "let's leave everything and go back to our mother who we left because it was dangerous and guess what it is still as dangerous"?
Also Taylor is He just follow Jake, who doesn't have a brain. And all that would be two stars. Why one then? Because of the portrayal of depression in this book. Depression is serious stuff and the author, Brandon Wallace, uses it as an useful plot point without any research whatsoever.
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It didn't bother me too much in the first book that the mother of the boys was depressed and as such unable to help them. That is what depression can do to you.
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It does bother me, as somebody who has suffered from severe depression, how in this book the stuff is handled. Basically their mother: - Seems to get better when the children are elsewhere. Wait what? A depressed woman put in the hospital by her boyfriend finds her children have disappear and Don't be ridicolous. Which is. But you see, there was no more reason in the book for her to be a not-entity and as such POOF she is magically cured by her depressive state! This is so much what really happen in real life. So, one star for me. Apr 24, Lisa Neureiter rated it really liked it.
From the first book, this series had me enthralled. It was such a page turner, I stayed up a little later than usual on the night I finished it. It is a fairly quick read, but I enjoyed it. The reason I gave it 4 stars however, is because I thought the book was a little easy for me, despite all of the plants in the woods they had found, or different materials of which I had never heard of before.
The part I like most about this book is probably a copy of Jake's journal, which records everything From the first book, this series had me enthralled.
The part I like most about this book is probably a copy of Jake's journal, which records everything that they had seen on their excursion. Soren reassured Twilight that no matter what happened, they would always be a band. Upon hearing these words, Twilight agreed to stay. One month later, the band has learned many skills and become more accustomed to life at the Great Tree. However, Soren is still haunted by the thought of his sister Eglantine and her well-being. Eventually, the band are placed into their respective chaws; Soren is placed into the colliering and weather interpretation chaws lead by a Whiskered Screech Ezylryb.
This is a disaster for Soren because of the Whiskered Screech Owl Ezylryb's intimidating missing talon and because he is double-chawed with Otulissa, whose talkitive attitude is hard to bear. Later, the band discovers that the roots under the parliament chamber are prone to transmitting any sound created in the chamber. This allows them to discover that the Guardians sre addressing the topic concerning the dead Barred Owl. They find out that he was a slipgizzle: An owl spy that worked for the Guardians. Eventually Soren's fears and problems begin to subside. Ezylryb proves to be much more than every owl in his weather chaw ever thought him to be.
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Soren is even able to help Mrs. Plithiver get a spot in the harp guild with Madame Plonk, the tree's beloved Snowy Owl singer. He also manages to catch a burning coal in his beak and earns Ezylryb's rare approval. Despite the turn of events, the tranquility of life at the tree is shaken when owlets of the Tyto species are found dropped all over babbling nonsense about Tyto purity. Digger and Twilight, who are part of the search and rescue chaw, find Eglantine who is one of the owlets dropped in the event that comes to be known as the Great Downing. Soren is shocked when he is shown Eglantine but disappointed that she isn't her true self.
Eventually, Trader Mags comes to trade goods at the Great Ga'Hoole Tree and Eglantine goes into a panic when shown a piece of isinglass. This panic, however, proves to be effective because Eglantine breaks out of her strange condition and becpmes normal once again. For now, Soren feels content but only to an extent since Ezylryb, the ryb Soren has come to truly cherish, has not yet returned from his investigations of the Great Downing.
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