Trisha's hero, pitcher Tom Gordon, becomes a sort of psychic helper and guide. The presence of a frightening creature stalking nearby keeps the suspense wound fairly tight. Heche's narration manages to shift with young Trisha's moods as she struggles to survive, reflecting silliness, awe, weariness, anger and fear. King loads the bases with a memorable, sympathetic heroine, a vivid wilderness setting, and a gripping adventure story. Add the audiobook format and it adds up to a grand slam home run suitable for family listening, from Grade 4 up.