The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
The setting of the story is the Maine-New Hampshire part of the Appalachian Trail. Its all wilderness except for the paths cut through for hikers. It's overgrown with deciduous trees and very confusing for the nine-year old when she wanders off the path. If the setting were anything but a large forest it wouldn't be the same. The woods create an air of paranoia for the girl because she can not see what is watching her. Twigs snap and the forest falls silent when the "creature" is near. Without these components that strike fear into the girl, the story just wouldn't make sense. It's the perfect setting because she is miles off a trail where no one can find her and there is something there with her. It's a giant place to try and find your way out of and there really is almost no where to hide.