Escape Under the Forever Sky
Lucy's mother works as the U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, and Lucy is always begging her mother to let her go out to do and see more things - especially the wildlife. Lucy is pretty knowledgeable about animals, but hasn't figured out how to convince her mother to go beyond their compound. She decides to trick her mother and goes off with a friend . . . but she is kidnapped, and no one knows where she has been taken.
Lucy makes a big mistake for a selfish reason, but she is a problem-solver, and readers still root for her. This book offers a scary thriller to middle grade readers without being overly terrifying or graphic. It's a story that has been a favorite with many of my fifth grade students.
"Do not forget, Lucy, they are wild animals. You must respect their need for distance from you."
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