By Karen Hesse. Book Report by Kyle Ott.
Radley doesn't know what has happened to the United States. What is more concerning than this? She doesn't know what has happened to her parents.
Radley knows she has to leave, and flees to Canada for safety. She survives by sleeping in the woods and occasional sheds. She eats food out of dumpsters at gas stations or restaurants, as all credit card lines are down. Along the way, she encounters a girl named Celia. Celia does not wish to talk very much, but it is comforting for Radley to have someone to share the time walking with. They also save each other's lives along the way to Canada from sickness and interactions with people driving by.
Once Radley and Celia sneak into Canada, they convert an abandoned schoolhouse into their home. Radley gathers food from a ladies garden, and the lady starts to leave other survival items. Celia and Radley grow very close to each other, and Radley learns that Celia left because she had gotten pregnant and had a bad reputation at home. The lady who leaves things for the two leaves a train ticket and some money. Radley cannot wait to see her parents.
Radley goes back to Vermont and finds her house almost demolished. An old friend named Julian tells her of the tragic event that has happened. If you would like to know what happens to Radley, her parents, Julian, and Celia, you will have to read the book.