A Path of Healing

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iUniverse, Jul 3, 2012 - Fiction - 228 pages
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Thirteen-year-old Megan is miserable. Filled with resentment toward her younger brother, Zak, who seems to take all her parents’ time, Megan thinks she might as well be on another planet for all anyone cares. When she is sent by her parents to live with her oddball aunt Crystal in Alaska for the summer, Megan feels like a castaway. Once again, her brother Zak has won.

Things begin to look up, however, when Megan meets other teenagers who invite her to a drumming ceremony and soon convince her to go to wilderness school with them. As Megan endures the rigors of training with the group, she is brought closer to her new friends Carly, Jana, Stacy, and J. D.—and she hopes J. D. might one day become more than just a buddy. When the group leaves on an expedition, Megan’s physical strength and emotional stamina are tested as she struggles through the rigors of backpacking, climbing, and kayaking in the wild.

In the exquisite beauty of the natural environment, Megan finally begins to mend her wounded spirit. But just as she discovers her own ability to heal others, she must face her biggest challenge ever.

 

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Contents

1 A Long Flight
1
2 Aunt Crystals
5
3 Wilderness Boot Camp
13
4 Ropes
19
5 Megans Past
27
6 Climbing
31
7 First Aid Safety and a Vision
35
8 A Ceremony
37
25 Getting Hooked
125
26 Hot Springs and a Hot Temper
129
27 Choosing Loyalties
135
28 A World of Connections
141
29 Sailing and Splashes and Skits
147
30 Back to Aunt Crystals
153
31 Helping Carly
155
32 Shaking It Up
159

9 Packing Up
41
10 Setting Out
45
11 The Glacier
49
12 Tyrolean Traverse
55
13 Megan Leads
61
14 Climbing and Caves
73
15 Danger and Rescue
75
16 After the Rescue
83
17 Back at the Lodge
89
19 The First Afternoon in the Kayak
95
20 Practicing Rescues and a Dream
99
21 The Kayak Trip Begins
103
22 Lessons of the Tide
111
23 Solo
115
24 Tide Pools and Irish Tales
119
33 A Shocking Death
163
34 An Idea
169
35 Nicks Day
173
36 A Skit
179
37 A Dream
185
38 Janas Birthday
187
39 Confrontations
193
39 Halloween
197
40 The Ski Accident
205
41 The Healing
209
42 A Healer Emerges
215
Acknowledgments
219
Resources
221
Back cover
222
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