Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 9
A daring rescue in the middle of a snowstorm in this compelling Red Fox Road companion survival story for ages 10 to 14, for fans of Hatchet and The Skeleton Tree.
After a family trip turned disastrous when their truck broke down in the middle of an old logging road in Oregon, Francie is now back in British Columbia. People try to make things as "normal" as possible for her, but they don't understand that trying to be normal in your old life that's exploded is the worst feeling in the world. Luckily for Francie, the wilderness is still soothing, and an opportunity to attend the Green Mountain Academy, a tiny boarding school perched on the side of a mountain, seems perfect. It's a new start, with new friends and a chance at a new family. But when a winter storm hits, knocking out all the power, news that a small plane has gone missing unsettles Francie. Knowing that the chance of survival in the middle of a wild nighttime snowstorm diminishes over time, Francie is compelled to leave the cozy school and set out into the icy cold, swirling snowstorm . . .
About the author
FRANCES GREENSLADE was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, and has since lived in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Winnipeg and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UBC. Her first book, a travel memoir called A Pilgrim in Ireland: A Quest for Home, won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction. Her second memoir, By the Secret Ladder: A Mother's Initiation, was published in 2007, and her novel, Shelter, was published in 2011. Her first novel for young readers, Red Fox Road, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel, was a JLG selection, and was shortlisted for the B.C. Red Cedar Children's Choice Award. Greenslade teaches English at Okanagan College in Penticton, B.C.
"[A] gripping adventure story with strong themes of camaraderie, bravery, and forgiveness. . . . Francie’s strong connection to nature will resonate with outdoorsy readers, who may find the winter survival elements instructive. A harrowing and reflective escapade." —Booklist
"Francie is a gritty and determined young person. . . . Green Mountain Academy was hard to put down." —CM Reviews