As her mother begins weeks of radioactive cancer treatment, thirteen-year-old Lizzie jumps at the chance to spend the summer with her mother’s brother, Uncle Davy, in the refurbished schoolhouse he calls home in the Adirondacks.  Lizzie treasures the time she spends with her uncle and with his neighbor, a Salvadoran immigrant boy with dwarfism named Matias. The two enjoy spending time outdoors while he paints and she writes. When Matias fails to show up one afternoon, however, Lizzie fears the worst.  Two dangerous convicts have escaped from a nearby prison and the authorities fear they have taken Matias. When Uncle Davy goes missing as well, Lizzie believes she is the only one who knows these woods well enough to find and save them. Told in short chapters addressed to an unknown listener whose identity is revealed only at the end of the book, this story of one girl’s courage in the wilds of the Adirondack mountains is perfect for fans of tales of challenge and survival. (Note:  There is one reference to a previous same sex relationship of Uncle Davy’s.)