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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Kids shake up tech-free wellness resort in fast-moving romp.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Intriguing Adventure

This book was a fun read! I enjoyed the idea behind it as we are a very low tech but high adventure family. The characters were each so different but also unite in an unexpected way.

Is It Any Good?

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Gordon Korman's novel finds a bratty Silicon Valley boy exiled for his misdeeds to a wellness resort in the wilds of Arkansas, with no tech devices allowed and the mantra "Be Whole" front and center. Young Jett may be Unplugged, but as a true hacker, he lives to overcome limitations. When he joins forces with the other kids to protect a baby lizard, things get complicated. It's a fast, fun read in which characters often have to change course when things don't go as planned. Like here, where Jett's just engineered a pedal boat accident to get himself thrown out of the resort, only to discover that the New-Agey founder is no pushover:

"Getting myself bounced from the Swamp Gas Hilton isn't a joke; it's a sacred quest.

"'Look, this is a hundred percent on me. What can I say? I'm a bad person. I do this kind of thing all the time. I totally understand if you have to kick me out.'

"'The blame is ours,' Nimbus insists. "We're pathfinders. If you haven't found a place for wellness within you, it's because we have not yet shown you the path.'

"I may be Silicon Valley's Number One Spoiled Brat, but I know right then and there I'm out of my league."

Book Details

  • Author: Gordon Korman
  • Genre: Humor
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • Publication date: January 5, 2021
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 8, 2021

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