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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554692008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554692002
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,743,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"While packing in lots of facts about teenage pregnancy, this fast read is more than a problem novel. Cameron's seething jealousy of his gifted twin, her failure, and his growing bond with his sister—and with his niece—will hold readers." (Booklist 2009-09-15)

"A fast-paced and engrossing read. Stevenson deals with mature issues, including sexual abuse and teen pregnancy, in an accessible fashion by employing a simple writing style that is ideal for an audience with still-developing reading skills. The plot of the story moves forward swiftly, progressing primarily through the use of dialogue that has a natural quality. In the Woods is an interesting exploration of sibling relationships and family responsibility that will appeal to both genders...Recommended. " (CM Magazine 2009-09-04)

"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." (TeensReadToo.com 2009-10-20)

"Good for students who are interested in reading about topics that are serious however need a book that has a more accessible reading level." (Resource Links 2009-10-01)

"The easily accessible story presents some compelling and complicated issues surrounding teenage pregnancy." (The Horn Book Guide 2010-04-01)

"Recommended where hi/lo readers are needed in high schools." (Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee 2010-01-01)

"The plot moves along fairly quickly, and the characters are well-developed, especially Cameron. I could hear his voice and was with him every step of the way.The ending of the novel is particularly moving and not, perhaps, what one might expect. The issue of teen pregnancy is dealt with frankly, but without judgement, and with compassion." (Canadian Teacher Magazine 2010-05-01)

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It's a bundle of blankets. I pull back the top layer cautiously, and there it is. It's a baby. When Cameron rescues a baby abandoned in the woods, everyone says it is a miracle. A stroke of luck that he just happened to be there, riding his bike along that trail, and heard the baby's cry. But Cameron has a secret: it wasn't just luck. He was there because his twin sister Katie begged him to go. Did Katie know about the baby? Is she covering for someone? At first Cameron just wants some answers…but once he knows the truth, he has to decide what to do with it.

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Format: Paperback
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.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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Courtesy of Teens Read Too Oct. 21 2009
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
Doing the right thing May 12 2014
By Heidi G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Part of the Orca Soundings hi-lo series, this Spanish-language version of "In The Woods" tells the story of Cameron finding a newborn baby in the woods and suspecting that his twin-sister, the always-perfect Katie, is the mother. The reader will come the that conclusion shortly before Cameron does but the story line remains interesting. Will Cameron tell the social worker? The police? There is a back story that could've been developed a bit more--that of the abuse on Katie by their mother's former boyfriend. This is not written as a cautionary tale to prevent teen pregnancy but does bring up the topic of doing the right thing, wondering what the right thing is, and when is it right to protect a loved one. Orca books remain popular with my students.
Kids' Mixed Reviews April 10 2013
By Cherie H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the book "In the Woods" was about a boy named Cameron who discovered a newborn baby! He had no idea what to do with it. Call the cops? Leave it? Take it? No idea. Cameron had to think about why his twin sister sent him there in the first place. Was it his sisters' baby? A friend's baby? Why was his sister Katie involved? Once Cameron knows all the truth he has to decide what to do with it.
I give the book five stars. The book really makes people think of what's going to happen, and it definitely keeps you on your toes. It also an important topic because it relates to young teens now a days. I recommend this book for people who like drama, and mystery.
By: Monica 4/2013

This book was about a boy that found a baby.He brought it to the hospital. I give the book a 1 star.I really don't like the book.There too much drama in the book.There's no action in the book.It's boring and doesn't get my attention.It's too long just to read about drama.I recommend it to people that like drama and mystery.
by Brian 5/21/2014

Cameron got a call from his sister saying she really wanted him to go to a certain spot in the woods where they hang out by the river. She really wanted him to go and he got suspicious for some reason. He gets on his bike because he doesn't have his own car. When he takes the path to the river, he hears a cry on the way there. So then he gets off his bike and walks toward the noise, then he hears it again and finds a baby wrapped in blankets.
I think the book is pretty good because it gives a lot of detail, but I only give it 3 stars. It has too much drama and needs more action. Katie is too dramatic about the situation.
I recommend this book to people that like drama and action.
by Joshua 5/21/2014

Cameron receives a call. A call from the person he least expected. She uses the words "Police" and "Don't tell anyone." Cameron takes off on his bike and thinks ways to get Katie back. he starts walking in the woods remembering memories of his childhood and the summer before. Instead of finding Katie, he finds a newborn baby wrapped in a blanket and crying in the woods all alone. He decides to take the baby and put it in a safe place. Of course he was thinking it might have been Katie's or one of her friends, but it couldn't have been because they would have noticed. Or could it?
I think In the Woods is an interesting book, but I didn't like how they left out the details. They gave me details that weren't necessary and left out the details that I really wanted to know. I don't think it was necessary to use swear words, because elementary kids could read this book. Even I don't want to read those words, and I'm 12. I wanted to know more details about how the baby was left and why they left it.
Overall I do recommend this book highly, especially for teenagers 11-13 that like realistic fiction books. I will give this book 2 stars.
by Edith 5/21/2014

There is a boy named Cameron.Katie called Cameron to go to the wood.Cameron didn't know why she wanted Cameron to go to the woods.Cameron went to the wood,cameron hear a baby in the wood.Cameron took the baby to hospital.I give the book 1 star because its about girl have`s a baby.I think some girl might like this book.
by Raul 5/21/2014

Cameron is a 17 year old boy. His twin sister Katie asks Cameron if he could go to the picnic area.Cameron doesn't know that there is a baby in the woods.
I didn't like the book,because it had no action and not that mysterious or anything at all. I give it 1 star.
I recommend this book to people who like mystery.
by Jesus 5/21/2014

Teenagers Cameron and Katie are twins, but can they rely on each other when the stakes are high? When Cameron receives a mysterious phone call from his sister, she has to plead with him to meet her in the woods with no explanation. When he happens to find a baby by a tree (coincidence??), he is left to carry the baby out of the woods on his bicycle.
This book received mixed reviews from my students who read it, some loving it and others ambivalent at best. Most of these were boys who were being asked to give it a try. I was surprised at the language and the mature themes in a book being marketed to middle schoolers. Among these themes are teen pregnancy and sexual abuse. A more positive theme is the idea of parents and other adults being there to support the teen in trouble, even while that teen is reluctant to admit the problem even to herself.
I would recommend this book to high school students, especially reluctant readers. The book is short, even to the point of failing to develop the sexual abuse aspect, but this makes it fast reading for any level of reader. I give it 3 stars for language and failing to fully develop some important themes.
by Mrs. H 5/21/2014


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