↠ The End of the Wild || ↠ PDF Download by ê Nicole Helget

By Nicole Helget | Comments: ( 815 ) | Date: ( Nov 13, 2019 )

A modern, beautifully written story set against the backdrop of the controversial issue of fracking that explores the timely themes of poverty, environmental protection, what makes a family, and finding your place in the world Eleven year old Fern s rundown home borders a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food It s also her refuge fromA modern, beautifully written story set against the backdrop of the controversial issue of fracking that explores the timely themes of poverty, environmental protection, what makes a family, and finding your place in the world.Eleven year old Fern s rundown home borders a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food It s also her refuge from the crushing responsibility of caring for her wild younger brothers and PTSD stricken stepfather But when a fracking company rolls into town, Fern realizes that her special grove could be ripped away, and no one else seems to care.Her stepfather thinks a job with the frackers could help pull the family out of poverty Her wealthy grandfather who wants to take custody of Fern and her brothers likes the business it brings to his manufacturing company Facing adversity from all sides, can one young girl make a difference in the fate of her family and their way of life


  • Title: The End of the Wild
  • Author: Nicole Helget
  • ISBN: 9780316245111
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Nicole Helget

Born in 1976, Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, a childhood and place she drew on in the writing of her memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato Based on the novel s first chapter, NPR s Scott Simon awarded The Turtle Catcher the Tamarack Prize from Minnesota Monthly.



Comments The End of the Wild

  • Ms. Yingling

    Public Library CopyFern's family is struggling more than most. Her mother was killed in an auto accident a year ago, and her step father is out of work. Their town is an impoverished one, so when a fracking company sets up operations in the woods near Fern's house, many people look at it as a great opportunity, including Alkomso, Fern's friend, and some of her other classmates. To Fern, it means that the woods on which she depends for food for her family is in jeopardy, and she will be unable to [...]


  • Rob

    This novel by Nicole Helget could not have been more timely, with the republicans intent on slashing science funding, along with their denial of global warming. Helget's novel centers on the environmental impact of fracking. She develops all angles of this issue, including the economics for struggling families. Preserving nature is an evident and worthy cause as penned by Helget. I can't help but think of the alarm of a retiring science teacher at my school. He worries that national parks and th [...]


  • Nora Bloom

    This is a great book if you like looking for wild foods. In this book the main character uses the wilderness as a supermarket.


  • Sarah

    This book is timely as it deals with the issue of fracking. Told from the point of view of an eleven-year-old girl living with her father in a poverty-stricken town. The struggling townspeople are divided as to whether or not to allow a fracking company in their area. On the plus side, it will create jobs and increase revenue. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of potentially ruining precious land. Fern is dead set against the infringement until her father seeks employment from the fracking c [...]


  • Liz Russell

    So The End of The Wild by Nicole Helget is a really great, quick read. It follows eleven year old Fern who lives in great poverty with her brothers and stepfather at the edge of these woods. Fern’s tenacity, passion for the environment, and love of the natural world around her is visceral. You will deeply sympathize with Fern as she struggles to balance all the things in her life-- school, holding her family together, and wrestling with local environmental concerns. It’s from these woods tha [...]


  • Beth

    I was looking for a unique food book and I sure found one. Fern knows the edible foods in the woods behind her house and forages to help feed her struggling family. A fracking company threatens to clear out the woods and the food source that Fern and her family rely on. But it also offers stable jobs. Tough choices. This multi-layered book addresses poverty, education, natural resources, and conflicts between family, friends, and community. As a bonus, End of the Wild includes recipes from the f [...]


  • Rebecca Davis

    My friend and I read Helget's book aloud to each other on a long road trip. We both loved it. Although a few reviewers have said, "What? Another dead mother?", the heaviness of Fern's grief seems necessary to make Fern's discoveries about life and the weightiness of her coming-of-age really work. I was expecting the novel to be a full-on rant (metaphorically speaking; I know Helget well enough to know she wouldn't beat us over the head with her message) against fracking. Instead, she showed us c [...]


  • Meredith

    Don't read this if you're looking for a lighthearted story. I did like that it was an "issue" novel that wasn't overly preachy. But man, Fern's house made me feel cold and hungry.


  • Carissa Waida

    This is a great book to use as a launching point for nature study and to discuss foraging. It has much more to it than that though. This book confronts numerous complex issues and makes for great discussion material. I thought Helmet did a great job of balancing the competing issues. And an even better job refraining from drawing conclusions on those issues. She leaves that up to the reader. I think it would make a great read aloud.


  • Mrs. Hornick

    The novel, The End of the Wild, by Nicole Helget is about an eleven-year-old girl named Fern. After Fern’s mom got married to Toivo, her grandfather cut money off. All was going well until Millner the man that owns the woods in which Fern lives in, gets in a car crash with Fern’s mom and her baby brother Matti. Now, with the only source of money cut off, Toivo, Mikko and Alexi, Ferns two brothers, and Fern, have to forage for food and make food. They live in a really small worn down “house [...]


  • Laura Gardner

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for THE END OF WILD by #nicolehelget. Thanks to @theloudlibrarylady's 12 year old daughter for recommending this one to me!_*_*_*_*_*Fern does not have it easy. Her mother and baby brother died in a car accident two years ago and her stepdad (who never formally adopted her) is struggling with PTSD and is out of work. Her two little brothers run wild in the woods (and the house) and Fern and her stepdad struggle to put food on the table. Fern's knowledge of the wo [...]


  • Kelsey Buckley

    Fern has more responsibilities than most other eleven year old girls. She lives with her stepfather and younger brothers and works hard to keep her family together and functioning. She helps forage and feed her brothers and ensures they do their homework. Her woods are her home as well as the source of much of their food as they struggle to make ends meet. When frackers come to town, she is upset that her woods may disappear, but her family and friends don't seem to feel the same way. They are h [...]


  • Maddi Clark

    The end of the wild was a beautiful middle grade story about a modern family living in a run-down home that borders a pristine forest, where her family hunts and forages food. Fern, an eleven year old is responsible for her wild, reckless younger brothers and PTSD-stricken step-father. She is the leader, protecter and voice of her family to keep them together and not apart. When a fracking companys comes into the town, her forest could be ripped away. Fern is also trying to make sure that her gr [...]


  • Louise

    I really like Nicole Helget so I decided to try this YA novel from her. It's simplistic and therefore easy reading. It's definitely written for the 6-8th grader but the message regarding fracking is driven home throughout the book. The dilemma of jobs vs the environment is a nation wide problem. Far too many people are willing to hide from the scientific evidence in order to obtain short sighted jobs. It's fracking, it's coal mining in West Virginia, it's mining in Norther Minnesota. We're far t [...]


  • HW6thgrade

    The End of the Wild is a phenomenal read. This book is targeted to a broad audience; fourth grade and up, because of its amazingly written plot and its meaningfulness. Nicole Helget really signifies how nature is substantial in many aspects in our world today. The End of the Wild connects to readers who really understand the significance of nature and how it impacts people’s lives, and really focuses on an influential topic, fracking. Because of this, readers can really understand how importan [...]


  • LeeAnn

    3.5 stars. As the book began, I worried this might turn out to be one with a heavy-handed ecological message that overshadowed everything else. It was a pleasant surprise to find that Helget was more interested in creating questions for her characters--and her readers--to explore. And not just ecological questions (like nature versus economics), but also questions about friendship, family ties, cultural differences, economic differences, small town politics, and grieving and forgiveness. Hand th [...]


  • Molly Dettmann

    Fern is an 11-year-old girl living with her stepfather and two brothers in poverty, with sometimes only the nature of the woods near their home to eat for sustenance. Her mother died in a car accident a few years before and her stepfather and grandfather are in a heated custody battle over her. When a fracking company rolls into town, threatening her precious woodland home, Fern enters the STEM fair to educate those about what they all stand to lose. Despite jobs and wealth being promised by thi [...]


  • Virginia Walter

    Fern's stepfather is out of work, and she forages for food in the woods outside of her Michigan home, using recipes left behind by her mother who died in a car accident. Her dependence on the nature around her for sustenance and delight is threatened when a tracking company proposes to put their wastewater pool where a pond now sits. Both sides of the fracking issue are presented -- possible economic benefits versus destruction of natural habitats. This is also a rare depiction in children's lit [...]


  • Maryanne

    Found this to be a really lovely read for younger middle grade readers (although older ones would probably appreciate it too). It's a timely look at fracking and economic depression in rural America that is approached with realness, but also a gentleness that (I think) manages to not be politically polarizing (unless you're just so sensitive that you refuse to read anything that could be looked at as "questioning" of fracking's impact on the environment).


  • Cherie In the Dooryard

    My fourth grader recommended this to me after she enjoyed it. At first I was not enamored; dead mother, poverty-focused, hopeless environmental causes books are not my thing. However, I have to respect how Helget handled all the threads in this book, including the difficult environment vs. economy fight that even adults can't discuss. The ending is a little pat--even while left relatively open--but overall, I think it's a great middle grade book.


  • Janet

    This seems to be the "message novel" for children. Most of the time "messave novels" are not enduring titles as there is more focus on the message than the craft of writing the nove. There are some touching moments about friendship and how children face ridule from their classmates. Also some real moments about children being pawns between the various adults in their lives who think they are the best adult influence for the child.


  • Amanda Harrison

    This is clearly an issue book, that covers the impact of fracking on wilderness, jobs, and families. I appreciated that the author took a nuanced view here and considered that in many cases the alternatives are coal or wood.I would give this a 3 out 5 if not for the additional and well developed story about Children's Protective Services and the impact on families. A worthwhile book for that storyline, if for no other reason.


  • Mary Lee

    Economics (rural poverty), the environment (fracking), families (foster care), and immigration (Somalian refugees) are just a few of the many issues packed into this book. While the story borders on having too much going on, all of the strands are well woven.Don't miss the passionate author's note.Pair this book with SAVING WONDER and ME AND MARVIN GARDENS.


  • Elliot

    Perhaps my low rating for this book is because I thought it was capable of so much more. Unlike so many middle-grade writers, Nicole Helget knows her readers are smarter and more mature than we give them credit for. I feel that the novel didn't get interesting until the end, so the ending felt abrupt. I admire the author for the topics she approached and will definitely read more by her.


  • Carol

    The End of the Wild has a gentle way of dealing with heavy topics. This heaviness touches all aspects of eleven year old Fern's life. The main conflict centers around a fracking operation that has opened in the community. Author Nicole Helget offers a subtle, balanced view with multiple perspectives on many tough problems. Should be a good read for fourth through seventh graders.


  • Erin

    A sweet, difficult read about poverty, environmentalism, and family. I really appreciate stories that let kids make their own decisions about issues, and I think this tries to present both sides of fracking and how different people may approach it.


  • Susie

    Not only does this book address the environmental and economic issues surrounding fracking, it also takes deep dives into such pertinent subjects as poverty and childhood trauma. I'm excited to have this book in my classroom, and to recommend it to my 4th graders.


  • Ingrid

    This book takes place in a rural Michigan town that is also quite poor. Fracking has come to town and the book does a good job of showing the benefits (economic) and problems (environmental damage). Other issues raised include loss, forgiveness, and friendship. A wonderful book.


  • Mary Librarian

    This book touches on so many important issues - family, poverty, the environment - but does so in a thoughtful manner that is right for the target age group. Good book for discussion.


  • Melissa Mcavoy

    P. 130 finds jewelweed after snow. poison ivy blister comes up immediately. Figure out how to be a different kind of friend. Kids at the mercy of the whims of grown ups.


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