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My Abandonment

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NOW A MAJOR FILM, LEAVE NO TRACE , DIRECTED BY DEBRA GRANIK AND STARRING BEN FOSTER AND THOMASIN HARCOURT MCKENZIE

A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight.
Inspired by a true story and told through the startlingly sincere voice of its young narrator, Caroline, My Abandonment is a riveting journey into life at the margins and a mesmerizing tale of survival and hope.
ISBN: 9780156035521
Branch Call Number: MY
Characteristics: 10 books + 1 discussion guide.
Alternative Title: My abandonment

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Librarian_Deb Jun 20, 2016

This book is enthralling in the way that you can't look away when you witness a horrible accident. From the beginning you wonder just what is going on, as you follow the exploits of Caroline, a 13 year old girl who lives with "Father" in Forest Park, a huge nature preserve in Oregon. Th... Read More »


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Librarian_Deb Jun 20, 2016

This book is enthralling in the way that you can't look away when you witness a horrible accident. From the beginning you wonder just what is going on, as you follow the exploits of Caroline, a 13 year old girl who lives with "Father" in Forest Park, a huge nature preserve in Oregon. They live "off the grid"--they have a hidden camp and spend their days making sure very few people notice them. So while Caroline excels in wilderness survival skills her knowledge of certain things is limited to what she has learned from her encyclopedias and her lack of human relationships beyond her bond with her Father made me ache for her. One day a runner accidentally discovers their camp and Caroline and her Father are taken in by the authorities. What happens next is a story full of ups and downs where the reader is rooting for Caroline to survive and find a place where she can be herself yet feel at home with other people.
This book sparked quite a lively debate at our discussion group as the readers had strong emotional reactions to the events of Caroline's life. It's also intriguing that this novel was inspired by a true story of an actual father/daughter pair that were discovered living in Forest Park. They disappeared after shortly after they were resettled, leaving behind a real life mystery. The ending of this book also leaves some unanswered questions, which also makes it a great book for discussion since the readers can all share their opinions on what they think "really" happened. Peter Rock definitely has a wonderful imagination and I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something just a little different and thought provoking.

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