The End of the Wild — 7 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this book. The main character was great and many of the struggles and experiences she had would be great for discussion. This book would also be a good way to start conversation around fracking as well as the importance of the environment and could be tied into a science lesson.

  2. I really liked this book. As I started reading, I thought I was heading into an obvious plot: Fern, the 6th grade main character, cannot figure out what to do for her school STEM project. But a company is coming into town to start fracking, which will ruin her woods. I assumed she would be doing her project on the environmental dangers of fracking. I’m thrilled I was wrong.

    I love how this story focuses on Fern’s inner struggles…how she has definite ideas and feelings about issues and people in her life (mainly adults), but how her stances are challenged and she allows herself to see the other side of an issue.

Many of our students face similar challenging situations in their personal lives that are addressed in the book, including broken homes, death (portrayed well by the author), and money issues. This book might help certain students feel they are not alone and also help individuals to see that others struggle with relationships, too.

    I love that there is a realistic Somali girl in the in the story. She’s not just a novelty. I have a feeling many of my students would be thrilled to have a character with whom they can directly relate. It might also help others who do not have any interaction with the Somali community to “experience” an everyday Somali girl and her family.

The main character, Fern, is a woodsy, outdoors gal. I think both boys and girls will be able to relate with her and the story. I will be recommending this book to my students and fellow teachers.

  3. This book does a good job of creating impact around the situations of the main characters without leaving you feeling despondent or hopeless, something I appreciate in heavy reads. It is clear from the start of the book that this story takes a realistic approach to the emotional toll of poverty, not pulling punches and yet finding the moments for pleasure or appreciation of good moments. The deep conflict of resources vs. jobs is so present for us now, and is constantly treated as a oppositional binary, when the reality is that these situations do not need to be a zero-sum game. Fern’s questions about what is happening to her community could open a great conversation for kids, one which many adults seem to gloss over in talking to younger generations.

  4. The End of the Wild ended up being one of my faves! At first I was afraid it was going to be a strictly “save the planet” type book but it really ended up showing both sides of fracking; also talked about foster care and struggling families and how struggling while growing up can build perseverance to achieve greater things down the road.

  5. Wow, I enjoyed this book. I think it will offer middle school kids so much to think about. I think it shows how important it is to follow your beliefs, this was a great story and Fern is such a positive person and so mature for her age. I think kids will enjoy this book. 5 stars *****

  6. It would seem that Fern is in an overwhelming situation. She seems to have a wise old soul. She’s got strong beliefs and even her Dad and Grandpa cannot change them. I love Fern’s teacher. He’s so encouraging, and helpful and even lives out what he believes. What a positive role model for Fern and for our readers. This book is 5 stars. *****

  7. I was a bit unsure of this book when I started. I am not a “science” person. However, I LOVED this book! Great book with a strong and relatable main character. It would be a great read aloud for a science classroom when discussion the environment or when discussing the “good” and the “bad” of fracking.

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