HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Race the Wild: Great Reef Games, Book #2
Author: Kristin Earhart
Illustrator: Eda Kaban
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks, 2015
Related website(s): http://www.scholastic.com (publisher)
Language level: 2
(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: Great Reef Games, Book #2 (published in 2015 by Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York City, NY 10012). Sage Stevens is in Australia for the second leg of “The Wild Life” competition where kids travel the world and explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. The host is Bull Gordon. Sage and her fellow Team Red members, Mari, Russell, and Dev, with their guide Javier, are racing through the Great Barrier Reef against five other groups to follow clues and solve puzzles. Team Purple is made up of “Smarties,” Team Blue seems to be uber-athletes, and Team Green consists of Russell’s old friends. What advantages does Team Red have, if any? With stinging jellyfish, hungry sharks, a poisonous blue ringed octopus, and a raging storm, will they even be able to finish or will they be disqualified? And which team ends up in first place at the end of leg two?
This is another fun adventure, though perhaps not quite as exciting as the Rain Forest Relay. A childish slang term for urinating is used, and there is some mild environmentalism about the oceans warming. Each book that I have read so far seems to focus on a different team member. In this one, Sage is struggling with some issues that cause her to be distracted and miss a few important things which could cost her team the lead. The nature loving reader will be exposed to a new ecosystem and learn animal facts about the wildlife there. The third book, which I have already read and reviewed, takes place in the Alaskan Arctic, and the final leg is a Savanna Showdown.