HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Survivors: Stranded Book 3
Authors: Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
Publisher: Puffin, 2013
Related websites: http://www.jeffprobst.com (author), http://www.penguin.com/youngreaders (publisher)
Language level: 2 (episode of “peeing”)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Probst, Jeff, and Tebbetts, Chris. Survivors: Stranded Book 3 (published in 2013 by Puffin Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group USA LLC, 375 Hudson St., New York City, NY 10014, a Penguin Random House Company). This conclusion to the Stranded series picks up where the second volume, Trial by Fire, left off. It has been eleven days since Buzz, Vanessa, Carter and Jane were stranded on the deserted Nowhere Island in the middle of the South Pacific following a shipwreck. They must fend for themselves with no adults and no supplies. Some good things have happened. Vanessa finds a more convenient source of fresh water close to another old wrecked ship which makes a more comfortable place to live than their now destroyed lean to on the beach. However, she also discovers a grave and a human skeleton nearby, indicating that the previous shipwrecked victims never made it off.
And other problems develop. While climbing down a cliff, Carter injures his hand and it becomes infected, but they have no medicine. After a huge rain, the kids get caught in a mudslide while carrying supplies to their new home. Food is hard to find, and they always feel hungry, even after eating snails and grubs. Then, while trying to fish, Buzz gets stung by a jelly fish. Are those mysterious fins which they see in the lagoon sharks? Will they ever get rescued? Can they even survive their ordeal? This is a quick, easy read, but it is an exciting and entertaining story which also leaves the message that the kids, who are part of a newly blended family, must learn to rely on each other like never before it they are going to survive. There is very little objectionable. Carter does have to “pee” on Buzz’s leg where the jellyfish stung, but most kids, at least those who don’t mind a little grossness, will enjoy it. I must admit that I liked it.