Out of the Woods
A True Story of an Unforgettable Event
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Based on a true story about the author's grandfather, Rebecca Bond's Out of the Woods is a dramatic tale of survival featuring both animals and people.
Antonio Willie Giroux lived in a hotel his mother ran on the edge of a lake. He loved to explore the woods and look for animals, but they always remained hidden away. One hot, dry summer, when Antonio was almost five, disaster struck: a fire rushed through the forest. Everyone ran to the lake-the only safe place in town-and stood knee-deep in water as they watched the fire. Then, slowly, animals emerged from their forest home and joined the people in the water.
Miraculously, the hotel did not burn down, and the animals rebuilt their homes in the forest-but Antonio never forgot the time when he watched the distance between people and animals disappear.
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Praise for Out of the Woods
"A story valuable both as a glimpse into a bygone way of life and a record of a surreal, singular moment."—Publishers Weekly
"Awe-inspiring, exquisitely rendered, indeed "unforgettable."—Kirkus Reviews