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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Lost in the Backyard

by (author) Alison Hughes

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2015
Humorous Stories, Environment, Survival Stories
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Flynn hates the outdoors. Always has. He barely pays attention in his Outdoor Ed class. He has no interest in doing a book report on Lost in the Barrens. He doesn’t understand why anybody would want to go hiking or camping. But when he gets lost in the wilderness behind his parents’ friends’ house, it’s surprising what he remembers—insulate your clothes with leaves, eat snow to stay hydrated, build a shelter, eat lichen—and how hopelessly inept he is at survival techniques.

About the author

Alison Hughes writes for children of all ages, and her books have been nominated for numerous awards. Alison also volunteers at the Centre for Family Literacy and does frequent presentations at schools, libraries and young-writer conferences. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband and three children. For more information, visit

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  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Fiction
  • Nominated, Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards
  • Short-listed, Diamond Willow
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Diamond Willow
  • Nominated, Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award
  • Commended, Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards (SONWA) - Young Adult Notable Book
  • Commended, Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award - Young Adult Notable Book

Editorial Reviews

"Simply written, in first-person perspective, the novel is carried by the voice of its engaging and truly adolescent main character...A satisfying tale of a young man’s personal growth."


"Hughes writes Flynn's story in the first person, allowing the reader to feel and experience all of Flynn's emotions and struggles. The tone and self deprecating humour allow the reader to easily connect with Flynn and to root for him despite his clear dislike of the circumstances he finds himself in. Short sentences, paragraphs and chapters propel this adventure story forward quickly it's a race to the finish of the book to find out how Flynn survives his days in the woods. Highly recommended for those who love adventure and the outdoors...[and] readers who just want a quick exciting read."

CM Magazine

"Will appeal to both those who prefer the comforts of the indoors as well as those who enjoy survival stories such as Hatchet or Stranded."

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"Narrated in Flynn’s sarcastic-yet-realistic tone, the story provides a different take on wilderness survival than, say, Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain (1959)...A book that will grab many, including reluctant middle-school readers."

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