Monday, April 20, 2015

Survivor for Kids

Today I have one of those books that is not significant literature, it will never win any awards and if you look too closely you will see the holes ... but it is one fun ride that will keep kids with a book in their hands as they follow the ups and downs of these four kid survivors!

In the end, loving books and a good story are the goals and this book may just pull in a less than voracious reader or keep a strong reader turning pages - something I love to see.

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Title: Stranded

Authors: Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts

Target: Grade 3-5

Series: Yes

What this book is about: 
As the parent’s of a newly blended family start their honeymoon in Hawaii, the new siblings go off with an uncle on a weeklong boat trip in order to start the bonding process.  After encountering a severe storm, the adults are washed away while trying to secure the lifeboat and the four kids are left behind on the boat which crashes into a remote island.  They begin the process of trying to figure out where they are, how to survive until they are rescued and how to work with each other.  But then the boat washes back into the ocean, and all bets are off.

Why I love this book: 
First off the authors of the book are the host of Survivor and the author behind James Patterson’s widely successful Middle School series.  They can write adventure and this book has the kids crossing deadly cliffs, battling raging waters and dealing with the elements.  

This book is not an award winner, but it is a fun, edge of your seat ride with plenty of suspense to keep kids turning pages.  The one thing that always annoys me about these books, however, is that it ends on a cliffhanger.  Nice if you want your kids to keep reading the series, but I hate it when there isn’t some sort of resolution, even if all the story lines are completed.

Who this book is for: 
Great for kids just moving up from early chapter books.  The book isn’t long and the type is large so it isn’t intimidating.  The story moves at a fast pace so kids will be entertained throughout.

Good for kids who like the Middle School series or Treasure Hunters.

Final thoughts: 
This is an amusing easy read, kind of like the Survivor show.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Stranded  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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