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Perfect for fans of Hatchet and the I Survived series, this harrowing middle grade debut novel-in-verse from a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet tells the story of a young girl who wakes up one day to find herself utterly alone in her small Colorado town.

When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone—left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.

With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten.

As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie’s most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie’s stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?

About The Author

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Megan E. Freeman attended an elementary school where poets visited her classroom every week, and she has been a writer ever since. She writes middle grade and young adult fiction. Megan is also a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet. An award-winning teacher with decades of classroom experience, Megan taught multiple subjects across the arts and humanities to students of all ages. She lives near Boulder, Colorado. Visit her online at

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (July 20, 2021)
  • Runtime: 4 hours and 28 minutes
  • ISBN13: 9781797130521
  • Grades: 5 and up
  • Ages: 10 - 99

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Awards and Honors

  • California Young Reader Medal Nominee
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Reading List (KS)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee (IN)
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award Master List (IL)
  • Volunteer State Book Award Nominee (TN)
  • Colorado Book Awards Finalist
  • Maine Student Book Award
  • Truman Reader Award Final Nominee (MO)
  • Magnolia Book Award Nominee (MS)
  • NCTE Notable Verse Novel List
  • Keystone to Reading Secondary Reading List (PA)
  • Intermediate Sequoyah Book Award Master List (OK)
  • Just One More Page Recommendation List
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee
  • Rhode Island Middle School Book Award First Runner Up
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award List
  • High Plains Book Award Young Adult Winner
  • OWL Award
  • Vermont Golden Dome Book Award
  • Japan Sakura Award Nominee

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