|Hair||Brown, usually in two 'giraffe buns'|
Josie is initially in shock for the first half of the novel (while Astrid is being our Strong Female Counterpoint), but when Astrid disappears, she awakens from her coma of shock and starts being Mother to all the kids. She is the one that sings songs and tells stories to the children; she is also the one that suggests the group have a ceremony for the dead, and hold elections to stop the boys from fighting. Dean once compared Astrid as a kick-ass camp counselor, and Josie being a sixteen-year-old, middle-aged mom. With Josie keeping the peace, it is easier for the group to get along, and maintain control of the little kids.