The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
[Suggested props: backpack, Walkman and a baseball.]
The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.
Trisha McFarland is only nine years old but she knows that life isnt always fair. Shes practical though, and a pretty clear thinker. It was an easy hike she was doing with her brother, Pete, and her mom in the Maine woods. Mom and Pete had been arguing and she was getting tired of listening to them. When she wanders off the trail to go to the bathroom she thinks it will be easy to catch up with them shell take a shortcut. She soon realizes that shes gone deep into the woods and is definitely lost. She knows that sometimes when people got lost in the woods they got seriously injured and sometimes they died.
Trisha is a Red Sox fan and her favorite player is relief pitcher Tom Gordon. She always has her Walkman with her and when she is able to tune into the game she gets comfort from imagining that Tom is with her.
As night falls the fear mountscan Tom help her stay safeespecially as the batteries get low and she is all alone with the sound of the night.
What do you know about surviving alone in the woods? The dark hours are the scariest, and Steven King doesnt let us down.
By Sally Grant, Sno-Isle Regional Library System.
Last Updated: January 15, 2008