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Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
Boys Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
Author: Abby McDonald
Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the author of SOPHOMORE SWITCH. — Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mom suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads instead to ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780763643829
ISBN-10: 0763643823
Publication Date: 4/13/2010
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Hardcover
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Jenna believes in environmental activism. She's unhappy when her summer plans change and her parents go their separate ways for the summer: her mom to Florida and her father off to Europe. She's no longer able to hang out with the other Green Teens and participate in a potential internship.

Then Jenna comes up with an alternative: she can stay with her godmother, Fiona, who is newly married and living in Canada.

For the first time, Jenna's actually living in the wilderness where the town is one big street and everyone knows everyone else's business. It takes her a while to settle in. Fiona's new stepdaughter isn't making Jenna's life easier. Sharing a room together isn't quite working out. Fiona's updating the home to create a Bed and Breakfast, leaving little time for Jenna.

Jenna meets Fiona's friends. She's not sure what to think about them. They laugh at her city ideas, but she has an idea to help create tourism for the area, targeting outdoor adventure lovers. She becomes the guinea pig for rock climbing, kayaking, and downhill mountain biking.

She's getting a new perspective on environmental issues while branching out and trying new things. Jenna's having the time of her life, and just might be falling for an outdoorsman.

Abby McDonald, author of SOPHOMORE SWITCH, creates a summer romance that's funny, environmentally friendly, and hard to stop reading.