Gone From These Woods by Donny Bailey Seagraves. First Yearling paperback edition, first printing. Published 2011 by Random House Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-375-84504-8. Signed by author on title page. May be inscribed by author also upon request.
Summary: Feeling like a monstrous villain in one of his comic books, eleven-year-old Daniel tries to cope with the guilt after accidentally killing his beloved uncle while hunting in the woods of North Georgia. RL: 5.0. For ages 9-12 and above. Children's Middle Grade Novel and YA. Cover art copyright 2009 by Blake Morrow. Originally published in 2009 as a Random House Delacorte Press hardback edition.
Gone From These Woods Reviews
"There is a lot of complexity in this coming-of-age novel. Sensitive younger readers will be drawn in by Daniel’s story, which can be likened to a more emotional twin of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet."—Booklist
"The dynamics of the Sartain family are well-developed and genuine as a result of Daniel’s authentic first-person narration. Seagraves’ debut should leave readers weighing death, guilt and forgiveness."—Publisher’s Weekly
"A dramatic story, and Seagraves sets it up effectively . . . a useful introduction to the devastating truth that an unintended and momentary mistake can change lives forever."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Recommended
"Depicts a realistic portrayal of grief from a youth’s perspective . . . Boys will take interest in Daniel’s internal superhero-vs.-villain battle."—Kirkus Reviews
"Understanding or coping with an accidental death is seldom so directly connected to real responsibility or the need to make peace with such a mistake. Seagraves shows the best way for support to be given as well as how hard it is to forgive."—School Library Journal For more information, visit www.donnyseagraves.com.