A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Readers will learn about basic survival skills, including how to make fire without matches and the importance of always boiling found water, how to build a makeshift camp, and signal a plane flying overhead.
There is a message here about learning to work together. Readers also get the idea that each person has her or his own unique strengths.
Positive Role Models
Characters sometimes fight and make poor choices, but they do take care of each other when they are sick or in trouble -- and try to establish a fair system for keeping order.
Violence & Scariness
Kids are stuck on an island without food, water, or shelter: Wild boars attack them, one boy gets sick from contaminated water, a brother and sister each fall from a log bridge, a boy slices his hand trying to recover supplies from a sunken boat, a girl scrapes her knees falling in a cave. A girl finds the bones of a dead person.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is the second book in a series written by the executive producer of the Survivor TV series. It features four kids -- two sets of siblings whose parents have recently married -- who are stranded on a deserted island after a boat crash. There they face constant peril: Wild boars attack them, one boy gets sick from contaminated water, a brother and sister each fall from a log bridge -- and a girl finds the bones of a human skeleton. While the characters sometimes fight, there's a message here about learning to work together. Readers also get the idea that each person has her or his own unique strengths.
Is It Any Good?
This installment in the Stranded series moves at a much better pace than the lackluster first book. Readers will quickly move with the characters from one adventure to the next, and they will even learn some things along the way, such as how to make fire without matches -- and the importance of always boiling found water. The authors do a nice job of giving each of the characters his or her own strengths; even un-athletic Buzz has many survival skills, which he picked up from watching reality TV shows. The cliffhanger at the end will certainly entice fans to pick up the next book (due in November 2013).
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