Reviewed by Maddy S. (age 9)
My favorite character in the book is Mark. I like Mark best because he is very brave and I wish that I was as brave as him, but I'm not. For example, Mark was brave enough to camp out in the woods where he has never been before all by himself. I also like him best because when his teacher Mr. Maxwell didn't like him he tried to change Mr. Maxwell's opinion about him. That shows that Mark wanted Mr. Maxwell to like him. I think that that's very responsible. Mark reminded me of myself. This is because when Mark first moved he was mean and didn't want to make any new friends. That was exactly the way that I acted when I first moved to Trumbull. Mark and I were acting that way because we didn't want to move and we wanted our old friends back. My favorite part of this book is when Mark and Mr. Maxwell found each other in the woods. I liked it because that was when Mr. Maxwell figured out what a great person Mark was. When Mr. Maxwell accused Mark of having the knife I felt really bad for Mark because the knife was not his. I also felt mad at Mr. Maxwell for not liking Mark in the first place. When Mark and Leon camped out in the woods it reminded me of when the Girl Scouts camped in the tents inside Camp Candlewood. This is because when I read that part of the book I could picture everything in my head. I felt like I was there with them.
If you like the wilderness and like to wonder about it, then this book is great for you. I recommend this book for children ages 9 to 11. You will never want to put this book down. Enjoy.