Be Not Far From me

The world is not tame.

Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone – and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg. 


This is a powerful survival book. How far could you go to survive, how long would you last in the woods alone?   Ashley has been an outdoors person her whole life so she is aware of many things that most would not know. She had the determination to stay alive and keep going.  As you read the book you can’t help but wish her well and hope that she is found as each day dawns.

Clap When You Land

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.


How would you react if you found out your father had another family and life completely apart from you?  This book follows 2 stepsisters as they deal with this situation.  They have led very different lives but they are similar in many ways. This is a great story of acceptance and love showing that it is important to give people a chance to show their personality rather than making assumptions of what they are like, what they have lived through and how they will react.