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Found: YA 90's PNW girl and a special tree

Dez. 3, 2013, 1:49 am

I thought it was called "The Fir" or some other tree. Tree trunk was on the cover, I believe. And a map of the town inside.

Might have been up for a kids lit award around 1995 or so.

What I can remember of the plot... I think it was a little bit fantasy-ish. A girl was the main character and I remember her running around some town, maybe in the northwest, in the dreary rain. There was a special tree!

Any help would be so appreciated--I've been thinking about this book since grade school! THANKS!

Dez. 3, 2013, 1:56 am

I don't know your book, kristinbrew, but I don't know what PNW is, and the only thing I can find is Pacific North West, which seems a strange one to put in your title. Could you clarify?

Dez. 4, 2013, 7:30 am

The Ancient One by T.A. Barron ? 1992. Map of 'The Lost Crater' inside. Fantasy set in Oregon, lots of rain. A redwood tree on the cover.

Dez. 9, 2013, 12:01 pm

PNW probably means Pacific Northwest, referencing the setting.

Dez. 9, 2013, 3:36 pm

4: Ah, thanks, lquilter. I didn't realize that was a common term. As a non-american, it sounds a bit strange to me.

Dez. 9, 2013, 5:01 pm

>5 zjakkelien: Don't worry, I'm an American and I've never once seen "PNW" used anywhere and have no idea what it's supposed to mean, aside of the comments here guessing at it.

Dez. 10, 2013, 12:24 pm

6: Thanks, @PolymathicMonkey! That reassures me... I would have thought that if it was that common, I would have encountered it somewhere. Perhaps it's not that common, then, or only common in a certain region.

Dez. 10, 2013, 2:12 pm

Yeah it's possibly used if you live in the region in reference, but definitely not outside of it.

Dez. 11, 2013, 3:29 pm

I did read it that way, and I live in California (Pacific West, but not usually considered part of the PNW). I mostly see it in gardening contexts, actually - as a shorthand for "the climate of the Pacific northwest area".

However, I read it that way and expected to be corrected in the actual post - that it didn't actually mean Pacific Northwest. I was quite surprised to have gotten it right. So yeah, not all that common, even just outside the PNW.

Dez. 11, 2013, 10:40 pm

OHHH yes, The Ancient One. THANK YOU! You just don't know how much that means... I could cry. I have been trying to find this favorite for a long time.

PNW... Yes, Pacific Northwest. Of course I think it's an everyday term because I live there! Glad someone could decipher it.

Thank you thank you thank you MissSquish and all for your efforts!

Jun. 5, 2023, 5:52 pm

I just randomly thought of this book today! I don't even really know what shook the memory loose, but I suddenly had vague impression of a book that I read a long time ago. I was actually in the process of creating a thread asking if anyone knew the title, because I couldn't remember it and nothing that I was searching for would bring it up. But then I remembered the crater lake, and when I added that to the search the right book finally came up! I'm really excited to give it a reread since it's probably been about 25 years since I read it.