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Book: Race the Wild: Arctic Freeze, #3
Author: Kristin Earhart
Illustrator: Eda Kaben
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks, 2015
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7 – 10
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Earhart, Kristin. Race the Wild: Arctic Freeze, #3 (published in 2015 by Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York City, NY 10012). Dev and his friends, Sage, Russell, and Mari, along with their chaperone Javier, make up Team Red in The Wild Life, a once in a lifetime chance to trek through extreme habitats in hopes of winning a million dollars by gathering animal facts in response to clues and then completing the entire race. There are five other teams, including Green, Purple, Orange, and Yellow. They have already finished the first two legs in the Amazon rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef. Now they are in Alaska heading for the North Pole. As they face such dangers as quicksand and glacier crevasses, can they survive the grueling race? Who will win this leg? And what will come next?
This fictional adventure is filled with true facts about various Arctic features, such as mountains and glaciers, and creatures, like polar bears, moose, and caribou. There are references to mountains that are over 65 million years old and supposed global warming. But aside from that, kids who enjoy reading exciting stories will like this book. It is Book 3 in the “Race the Wild” Series. The first two are Rain Forest Relay (#1) and Great Reef Games (#2). Arctic Freeze implies that there is one more leg of the race, but there are three more books in the series, Savanna Showdown (#4), Outback All-Stars (#5), and Mountain Mission (#6).