「成長小說」或稱為「教育小說」，主角的成長是一場生命的學習與生命意義的追尋之旅。甘耀明《邦查女孩》鋪陳人物於社會的歷練，於集體的關係脈絡中理解生命，值得以生命教育的觀點加以詮釋。主角古阿霞面對人生的衝突、生命情境的抉擇，協助友朋走出自責的創傷，彷如歷經通過儀式而邁向更具智慧的階段。作者以森林為台灣自然環境的象徵，透過走訪林田山林場及閱讀文獻，藉由想像及反諷，鋪陳1970年代中央山脈的伐木景象。小說中的人物在旅遊的過程中成長，尋找生命的存在價值；同時隱喻自然與人的相處之道，以及實踐生命的永恆意義。藉由素材編織、重組，傳達生命的價值，引發讀者的同理心。本文從旅遊動機與路線、旅行與生命敘事兩層面，探討成長小說如何詮釋追尋生命意義的主題 Growing up is a journey of learning how to live and finding the meaning of life. Bildungsroman, focusing on main characters' experience in society, is a good teaching material for life education. In Gan Yao-ming's Pangcah Girl, the illustration of characters' enlightenment process provides an aspect to understand life in the context of collective relations. Being faced with conflicts in life, choices of life situations, and helping friends to get out of the self-blaming trauma, it seems that by passing through such rituals, the protagonist Gu A-xia is successfully marching toward a more intelligent stage. By visiting the forest farm of Morisaka and reading relevant texts, the author presents the landscape of logging in the Central Mountain Range in the 1970s and interprets the core values of growth through imagination and irony. The characters in the novel grow in their traveling, looking for the value of life. This fiction implies how people could get along with the nature, and expresses the eternal meaning of life practice. By braiding and reorganizing the stories, it conveys the value of life and triggers readers' empathy. This article explores the theme of how the narrative of the novel interprets the meaning of life from two aspects: travel and self-growth and the transformation of material.