The Distance Between Lost and Found
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The Distance Between Lost and Found

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Blending elements of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak and Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, this gripping story from Kathryn Holmes was deemed "a page turner" by author Richard Peck and "an intense story of survival" by ALA Booklist in its starred review. Sophomore Hallie Calhoun has just endured the most excruciating six months of her life. Once the rumors about her and the preacher's son, Luke, made their way around school, her friends abandoned her, and as a result, Hallie has completely withdrawn. Now on a hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains with the same people who have relentlessly taunted her, Hallie is pushed to her limit. Then Hallie, outgoing newcomer Rachel, and Jonah--Hallie's former friend--get separated from the rest of the group. As days go by without rescue, their struggle for survival turns deadly. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to trust one another in order to stay alive...and for Hallie, that means opening up about what really happened that night with Luke. From the catty atmosphere of high school to the unpredictable terrain of the mountains, this novel is a poignant, raw journey about finding yourself after having been lost for so long.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 297 pages
  • 154 x 222 x 32mm | 373.99g
  • Harper Teen
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062317261
  • 9780062317261
  • 493,781

Review quote

The survival story effectively overlays adolescent crises over rugged nature; readers will find echoes of Hatchet as these teens find strength, courage, and redemption in their struggle to survive in a hostile yet breathtakingly beautiful environment. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"show more

Back cover copy

Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher's son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her . . . silent. Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can't find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn't aware of Hallie's past, can pull her out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn't know who to trust. On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie's former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together. With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they'll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she gone too far to come back?show more

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2,332 ratings
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4 36% (844)
3 27% (635)
2 8% (197)
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