Monday, October 19, 2009

IN THE WOODS by Robin Stevenson

Cameron's sister Katie asks him to do her a favor. "Just do this one thing," is what she asks, followed by, "Don't tell anyone."

He's not happy to be riding through the woods in the rain, but Katie looked kind of freaked out. When Cameron stops for a moment, he hears something. He listens carefully and hears it again. It sounds like crying. It is crying. In fact, it's a baby!

Cameron can't believe he has found what looks like a newborn wrapped in blankets out in the woods. He wraps it in his sweater and zips it inside his coat and bikes out to the road. After a few tries, he gets a car to stop and pick him up. Luckily the driver is a nurse. She quickly checks on the baby and heads to the nearest hospital.

The good news is the baby will survive. The bad news is Cameron is pretty sure he knows whose baby it is. He cautiously answers questions from doctors, a social worker, and the police, but the answer they all want to hear, he keeps to himself.

IN THE WOODS presents the distressing scenario of an abandoned infant. It's a story all too common in the news today. Author Robin Stevenson brings this grim reality to life as she describes Cameron's struggle to face the truth about his sister. Only 124 pages long, IN THE WOODS takes readers quickly into the emotionally charged situation, and keeps them on the edge of their seats right to the end.


Sadako said...

Books about missing or abandoned children are some of my faves. Anyway, this book isn't one I've heard of but I really want to read it now.

Robin Stevenson said...

Thanks for the great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed my new book.

Clayton B said...

I'm not really much of a reader, but I did read this for a english project. I picked it up because it looked short, but to my surprise it was a very good book I'm really glad i grabbed it.

Readingjunky said...

I agree. It is short and quite a surprise. I've been recommending it a lot. Thanks for the comment.