The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon


Author: Stephen King

Title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: 1999

Number of Pages: 272

Geographical Setting: The Deep New England Forest

Time Period:  Modern Day

Series: N/A

Plot Summary:  Trisha McFarland is nine years old and about to learn an important lesson: things can always get worse.  Since her parents’ divorce, Trisha’s life has been devoid of peace and stability.  Her life seems to consist of listening to her mother and older brother bicker about nearly everything.  Little by little, she’s been fading into the background, playing the part of the contented daughter.  One day, while out on a hike with her predictably arguing family, Trisha steps off the path and gets lost.   Alone with only a picnic lunch and her Walkman, Trisha begins a journey that will test her wit and will.  But starvation and dehydration aren’t her only enemies.  There’s something evil in the woods, something that will eat her if it wants too.  Can Trisha find the stamina and the heart to escape the forest and defeat the lurking evil?

Subject Headings:  Children of divorced parents – Fiction; Pitchers (Baseball) – Fiction; Mountain life – Fiction; Fear — Fiction.

Appeal:  compelling, deliberate, engrossing, detailed, dramatic, evocative, intriguing, lifelike, realistic, vivid, authentic, complex, layered, mystical, racy, strong language, detailed setting, chilling, dangerous, gritty, hard-edged

3 terms that best describe this book:  mystical, dramatic, engrossing

Similar Works/Authors:


Red Sox Nation: An Unexpurgated History Of The Red Sox by Peter Golenbock – Trisha’s enthusiasm for the Red Sox kept her going through her trying ordeal.  This book will acquaint the reader with Trisha’s passion.

Wilderness Survival: Living Off the Land with the Clothes on Your Back and the Knife on Your Belt by Mark Elbroch and Michael Pewtherer – Getting lost in the woods can happen to anyone.  This book will teach you to avoid some of the classic mistakes that Trisha makes.

Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce by Elizabeth Marquardt – The divorce of Trisha’s parents is the catalyst which starts her on the horrible journey through the woods.  Though often less dramatic, divorce has a huge impact on the lives of children.  This book will give you some idea of what Trisha was going through.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland – After the modern world crumbles two sisters must learn to survive in the woods together.  This post-apocalyptic tale of wilderness survival will remind the reader of Trisha’s desperate weeks in the dense woods of Maine.

Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – There’s a strange monster loose and killing people in New York City’s American Museum of Natural History.  The building suspense is very reminiscent of Stephen King’s work in The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz – This modern adaptation of Shelley’s classic novel is the ultimate in suspenseful monster stories.

Name:  Bethany Bates

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