A Series of Small Maneuvers (Paperback)

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"A Series of Small Maneuvers" is one of the best young-adult stories I’ve read in recent memory. Eliot Treichel is the latest winner of the Reading the West Award for this survival tale, told through the eyes of 15-year-old Emma Wilson. Emma and her father are on a camping trip in New Mexico when her father is killed in a tragic accident.

The story feels incredibly real as Emma is transported in time through segments of her life, leaving the reader desperate to turn the page and discover what happens next. As she navigates the heart-wrenching new world of grief her family endures, Emma also examines the outdoor survival techniques and decisions she employed in the backcountry during the accident.

Reminiscent of Gary Paulsen’s "The Hatchet," this is a fantastic read for teens and adults alike.

— From Book reviews: Children’s books to be featured at reading camp


For 15-year-old Emma Wilson, everything is changing. Uncomfortable at home and in school, Emma's growing up, and feels isolated from her friends and family. Things go from bad to unfathomably worse when Emma inadvertently causes an accident that kills her increasingly distant father on a spring break canoe trip meant to bring them closer together.

Suddenly, Emma's efforts to reconcile with her father as a parent and a person have to happen without him, and she must confront her guilt and her grief to begin moving forward. With the help of river rats, ranch hands, and her horse, Magic, Emma finds strength in herself as she and her family navigate their reentry into "normal" life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781932010794
ISBN-10: 1932010793
Publisher: Ooligan Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2015
Pages: 300
Language: English