On the Free

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Santi agreed to join the Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program for one reason: less time in juvie. Amelia signed up to prove a point. Victor—well, no one can figure out why Victor’s on the trip, but he’s definitely not out to make friends. After a mudslide sweeps away other campers, the trio is left stranded in the Colorado wilderness and short on supplies. They’ll have to band together to survive the elements, their demons, and each other.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 280
Publication Date 2017-10-01
Text Type Fiction—Action/Adventure
BISACS YAF001020, YAF058000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 760
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed



“[A] fast-paced survival story . . .”—VOYA


“Thrilling, suspenseful, and fast-paced, this is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Outdoorsy teens will appreciate the realistic hiking and camping takeaways . . .”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] tone-sensitive treatment of different life experiences make this a positive story for personal growth and positive change.”—Kirkus Reviews

Michael Northrup

On the Free is a fast-moving and gripping survival story, driven by characters as complex and layered as rugged mountain terrain. Studded with secrets and betrayals, sudden tragedies and surprising kindnesses, it’s an intense journey through a remarkable landscape, and one where the characters’ pasts prove to be bigger obstacles than the steep slopes and deep ravines they must cross.”—Michael Northrop, author of Gentlemen, Trapped, and the TombQuest series

Justin Cronin

On the Free is a roaring adventure that will make you stand up and cheer.”—Justin Cronin, author of The Passage Trilogy

Author: Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Houston, and he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre. He lives with his family in Houston, Texas.