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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (906 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Murphy Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739356678
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Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to hate her new home–but almost right away she finds a kindred spirit.

“You’re lucky I didn’t just start throwing rocks at you. I can hide in the trees and nail a kid with a rock from thirty feet away.” That’s Sarah, who prefers to be called “Fox,” who lives with her writer father in a rundown house in the middle of the woods–near Joan’s suburb, but it feels like a totally different world.

Joan and Sarah–Newt and Fox–spend all their spare time outside, and soon start writing stories together. When they win a contest, they’re recruited for a summer writing class taught by a free spirit named Verla Volante. “Verla said that you need to open a door so that people can walk into your world. . . . To do that, you have to pay attention.”

The Wild Girls
is about friendship, the power of story, and how growing up means finding your own answers–rather than simply taking adults on faith.


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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney Bishop | 2/20/2014

    " Didn't really like it and didn't finish it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dada | 2/16/2014

    " This book is excellent! The whole novel is vividly written and inspiring for young readers. It captured the hearts of any young mind. The characters were described well, from their appearance, feelings, emotions and looks. It has a problem which anyone can relate and there are big revelations. One thing that I had just noticed is that according to the summary the setting was in 1972 but i don't feel it. It's just like it was set in this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wenwe | 2/15/2014

    " Another way to look at the world and learn to question everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avery | 2/14/2014

    " Weird.this girl thinks her mother turned into a fox(not)and she's queen of the fox's.you can;t get wirder than that "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 2/14/2014

    " Two "loose nuts" become the best of friends, take a summer writing class together, and help each other survive their heartbreaking family issues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Momruns5 | 2/14/2014

    " Really good for Jaylen to listen to. I will give it to her. The girls still acted like girls in this YA book, not like mini 20 year olds. Joan(Newt) had to deal with seeing her parents as real people not just "parent units". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savannah | 2/12/2014

    " You could look at this as just a book about a couple of girls who take a writing class. But it's also about the Wild Girls who live in the woods, one of whom is Queen of the Foxes and the other who has a princess for a mother. And when the Wild Girls start to take part in the stuttering family relationships around them, things aren't ever quite the same again. Especially with the stilt-walking and face-painting and all. Not only a book for the writer-wannabe, but for the timid and those who are troubled by their family problems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalia | 1/21/2014

    " I loved this book extremely; as a writer (there are writing-related themes), I found it rather masterful. Of course, anyone could read it and find it enjoyable- the adventures of Newt and Fox through childhood strife and hidden meanings are a wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/18/2014

    " No, this book is not about what you'd think from the title (not that I'd know whatever it is you'd think). It's actually about two girls who take a special creative writing class at their local university and how it affects their lives. An interesting book that I liked almost as much as the other book I read by this same author, Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/18/2014

    " I ended up with two copies of this book without having read it and was wondering what I was thinking. Luckily, I really liked it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/31/2013

    " A nice YA novel for preteen girls. Deals with divorce, the healing power of writing, and the role a good teacher can play in a child's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/24/2013

    " Oh, it's fine. The story is nice enough, and it's an enjoyable read. There is absolutely zero reason to set it in the early 70s though. That's kind of a pet peeve of mine. If you're going to make a book historical, you need a better reason than "that's when I was growing up". Still, it's pleasant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Gordon | 12/20/2013

    " This was the best book and most inspirational book i have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 11/12/2013

    " This was a fun quick read. Fox and Newt are good inspiration for girls of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mallie | 11/12/2013

    " reminds me of me and my freinds "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenaia | 9/19/2013

    " This book wasn't exactly my reading level, but I borrowed it from a friend who said it was good anyways. The character psychology was really fascinating; the way these two young girls put themselves into their writing. There were also a lot of good writing tips. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Curiel | 7/19/2013

    " This is Julia's story. It's my wild girl writer. A great book on writing for writing. Really liked it a lot.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 2/6/2013

    " It was...amazing! If I had to say what it was about I would have to say writing, but it wasn't. It was about so much more and I HIGHLY recommend it. Thank you, Olcott-Beeches! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briellehardy13 | 2/2/2013

    " This book was really interesting to read, and I learned alot about writing in the process. Its about finding out who you are on the inside, finding your - Wild girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pammie | 10/1/2012

    " Nice, quick read on the importance of friends, writing, and questioning everything. I particularly liked the Circus of Chaos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittney | 6/29/2012

    " a really inspiring book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaelyn | 5/27/2012

    " i h8ed it it swiched around to much, but thsats just me "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina | 5/18/2012

    " This book was like the life of the main character. I didn't understand what the book was supposed to be about. This book was boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salgal | 5/18/2012

    " good friendship book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 4/15/2012

    " Cute for a 10/11 year old girl - not one of my favorite "kid book" reads. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corinne Mahshi | 2/11/2012

    " It was an ok book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 1/9/2012

    " This book was magical although it wasn't written about magic. It was inspiring. The way the author describes locations, feelings, details, etc. makes you feel like your there doing what the characters are doing. This book makes you want to be Fox or Newt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 8/7/2011

    " Loved it. I learned a lot about myself and relationships with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maren | 7/25/2011

    " I ADORE this book SO much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chapdelainej3 | 4/24/2011

    " Very unique book. Has it's own little twist on life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sascara | 3/18/2011

    " It was a great story. It made me think of me and my friend "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linsey | 3/2/2011

    " I love this book! I think it made me understand how to write better stories, and it's so realistic yet fictional at the same time. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 3/1/2011

    " Young Adult book; great book to encourage writing and explore a world larger than your own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mekata | 2/17/2011

    " I though it was okay but, the point that it was about girls writing about a book, with having to go to writing classes and basically after that they started to fight and they never finised the book
    that's why it's only okay not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/26/2010

    " One of those books you borrow from your twelve year old daughter on Christmas break when you need to wind down, it takes you back to childhood even if yours was dissimilar. The characters are likable and the knowledge of the writing process is revealed with each chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/17/2010

    " Loved it. I learned a lot about myself and relationships with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlen | 11/20/2010

    " I really relate to this book. My parents love to argue. I love to write. I love being myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubreya | 11/16/2010

    " I love this book. The imagination of these girls is great, I'd ove to have their writing class teacher! :) "

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