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  1. Jill Ann Bixel
    January 24, 2012

    I also think many teens don’t get much experience in “nature” –which can be hard to define. I remember reading an article in Sun Magazine about tree houses and how so few kids seemed to have tree houses anymore. The interviewee claimed tree houses were an early nature experience that led him to love and protect trees. He also talked about how few kids have the run of the neighborhood to go out a play –parents are afraid and watch the kids all the time. Of course, this is kind of an urban/suburban perspective. Makes me want to read about some kids exploring their identities while living in a more connected way with the land… if there’s any left!

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  2. Colleen Oakley
    January 25, 2012

    What a great observation, Jill. Tree houses are magical places! I think summer camps are the way most suburban kids experience nature these days (my son attended one called “Farm Camp”). But there’s nothing like a book to transport readers to unfamiliar territory, which is why I’d love to see more YA nature writing.

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