Boys, Bears, and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots

Boys, Bears, and A Serious Pair of Hiking Boots

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Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780763643829
Branch Call Number: YA FIC McDon 6939
Characteristics: 293 p


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TiffLau Jun 17, 2013

its okay. the story had some personal life on how Jenna went through many things. she had met a boy named Reeve. their relationship became close and Jenna heart's is being confused.

Oct 14, 2012

I normally despise these sorts of books, but I actually liked this one. I mean, the whole Jenna/Reeve thing lacked depth, but the book was funny, so it made up for it. I laughed a lot reading about how she envisioned these Canadians with accents, and stuff like that. But I think Fiona and Ethan were for sure better characters overall as compared to Jenna.

Samaa67 Jul 18, 2012

Honestly that's the best book I've read so far by Abby McDonald

L3xia Jul 01, 2012

it was ok , i personally liked the relatoinship between ethan and jenna than revve and jenna *shrugs*

Dec 11, 2011

A little slow at times, but I got through it. I found the whole eco-stuff boring, since I guess anything to do with science bores me :P But I also thought that the author didn't really portray Jenna's change of character very well. It was like she made her uber annoying with all of the enviro stuff, and then in the middle completely neglected it (and so sort of changing her whole dynamic character), and then brought it back again a BIT at the end.

Reeve and Jenna's relationship also didn't really progress realistically. I mean he was cold to her from the beginning, and then all of a sudden, he wasn't anymore, and it just didn't really make sense to me. They didn't really talk much other than pointless things throughout their relationship.

Fiona was a riot. I think I liked her best, and there WERE some funny parts to the story, which I enjoyed and made the story bearable. And of course, Ethan, was a great character as well.

It was a good read, mostly because of the funny parts (again, with Fiona), but it could've been better. Still sorta enjoyed it though!

Oct 15, 2011

I absolutely loved it! As soon as I read the back and saw that it took place in Canada, I knew I just HAD to read it. As soon as I started I just couldn't stop. It's an awesome summer read. :)

Oct 08, 2011

A good book though I felt that the whole "green" enviromental stuff was a bit repetitive throughout the book (personally I thought it was slightly annoying), but overall a good read.

Aug 12, 2011

A good summer read

debwalker Feb 15, 2011

Winner of the Newton Marasco Foundation's 2011 Green Earth Book Awards, which honor authors and illustrators whose work inspires young readers to appreciate and care for the environment.

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Samaa67 Jul 18, 2012

Samaa67 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Oct 15, 2011

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Jul 20, 2011

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TiffLau Jul 11, 2013

This story is about a teenage girl named Jenna who is a vegetarian. She had no interest in summer.During her summer, she had met a guy that turn her life upside. They both share their lives and stories.

Oct 15, 2011

The back:
Seventeen-year-old Jenna may hail from the 'burbs, but environmental activism is her life. So when the opportunity arises to spend the summer in the wilds of Canada with her hippie godmother, Susie, Jenna jumps at the chance to explore this nature she's heard so much about--and the cute, plaid-wearing boy's she's certain roam there. But after run-ins with Susie's sullen Goth stepdaugher and a hot but hostile local boy named Reeve, Jenna realizes that her long-held ideas don't play so well with the real outdoorsmen. With help of a dusty survival guide, she begins to navigate this new wilderness--but can she learn to navigate the surprising turns of her heart?


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TiffLau Jun 18, 2013

" The stress of packing and travel and trying to make nice with the Stillwater kids all drifts away, until- "Oh hi." the voice comes from behind me. I sit up, yawning, to find Reeve a few feet away. I can't help but notice he's shirtless, wearing cargo short with a towel slung over his shoulders. "

Oct 15, 2011

Where are they? I pull myself to my feet. "Ethan?" My voice catches in my throat. I can't see their flashlight aymore or hear anything but the haunting rustle of the trees and my own beatin heart. "Reeve? Guys, where are you?"
It's completely dark now heavy like a blanket around me. I can't make out anything but the ominous black shapes all around. My stomach lurches with fear, but I try not to panic.Cautiously, I edge forward. If I just keep walking in a straight line, won't that get me back to the road eventually? Then maybe I can call Susie to come pick me up and--
Something grabs me from behind.
I scream.
"Arrrghhh!" I lurch away from my unknown assailant. In and instant, I think of all the terrible things that could be lurking in the dark. "HELP ME!" I scream, propelling myself forward into the trees. I make it half a dozen steps, and then I hear laughter.


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