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Gr. 4-7. In this compelling adventure story with a highly realized Alaskan setting, two cousins set out on a kayak trip, expecting to return before their mothers even realize they are gone. From the outset, things go awry. Cody, the wilderness aficionado, immediately gets her only pair of socks wet; Derek, the "lower-forty-eight" city slicker isn't even wearing socks. Things don't get better: Cody encounters a bear and begins to mull over her parents' recent divorce; the campsite is completely flooded, all the supplies are lost; and Cody is temporarily blinded by a serious sunburn to her eyes. Eventually the pair is rescued, but not before they've showed their courage. A solid, readable, well-researched novel with good plotting and convincing characters, this has all the elements a good survival story should have. Shelley Townsend-Hudson

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Two inexperienced kayakers are trapped in the Alaskan wilderness by a freak of nature in a patchy but vivid survival adventure. Cody and her cousin, Derek, sneak out for a weekend of camping while their mothers are away in Juneau; when the Hubbard Glacier ``surges,'' blocking outflow from the Russell Fjord, a rapidly rising water level catches them by surprise, washing away Cody's kayak and nearly all of their supplies. After an unsuccessful attempt to paddle back to their starting point leaves them wet, hungry, exhausted, and, in Cody's case, snow blind, a mysterious, masked woodsman brings food before luring Derek away. Cody follows, attempting to save Derek from danger, only to learn that he's gone along willingly with a reclusive ex-guide (and his wife) whose face was ravaged by frostbite on Denali; they feed the children and lead them to a point from which they can kayak to safety. The ``abducting'' of Derek (planned so Cody would follow) is never explained satisfactorily, and a heavily foreshadowed run-in with bears remains a tease. Still, the action is rapid and mostly realistic; Shahan describes the natural beauty, as well as the mud, mosquitoes, and other miseries her young people encounter, with authority. (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385323034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385323031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,549,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ICE ISLAND (Random House, 2013) features teens and their hard-driving sled dogs. Woven into the bone-chilling story is info about the 1925 Serum Run and the history of Alaska's famed 1049-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. ICE ISLAND has been selected for the California Collection 2013 list. novel

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DEATH MOUNTAIN is based on a frightening personal experience: Shahan's backpacking group was caught in a deadly electrical storm on an exposed ridge. The pack horse and mule were struck by lightning and killed; three women in her party were airlifted off the mountain by helicopter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Frozen Stiff is a great story about two kids who take off on an unanticipated adventure through the wilderness of an Alaskan fjord. It is written in such a way that the reader can feel the cold air, hear the breaking of the glacial ice and see the mountains and trees. A fun story that keeps you reading until the last chapter is finished. I liked the way the author gave such vivid mental images of the scenery through the character's eyes. The author obviously knows children because of the typical way the two main characters interact and speak with each other, they're classic! Even as an adult, I enjoyed the book, but I'm sure young readers will even more.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean Ann Williams on February 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Sherry Shahan's FROZEN STIFF is a thrilling story about fourteen-year-old Cody, and her twelve-year-old cousin Derek's frightening excursion in the Alaskan wilderness. They start out on a seemingly harmless camp out and kayak trip. Looking forward to two days of blissful independence, the cousins right away are thrust into the harsh realities of nature. As they face one life-threatening challenge after another, Cody and Derek suffer physical perils in a struggle to survive. A believable story, I found myself in the wilds along with the strong-willed cousins. This book of adventure equals in excellence with Gary Paulson's HATCHET.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 3, 2010
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This is a great story of survival in the Alaskan wilderness. It is realistic and adventurous. The characters have similar personalities to those in Death Mountain.
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By Madeline on May 23, 2014
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I could spoil it for you all. But I won't. The book was good and suspenseful. Very realistic too. Give it a try.
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By Mindy chambers on March 11, 2014
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This book is an amazing adventure story with great taste and great use of language and words. Read this amazing adventure story.
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By Madison sikes on July 25, 2013
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I was a good book but I didn't fully understand it completely at sometime but otherwise it was a good book
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By Janice E Johnson on April 11, 2013
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fun for all ages i think everyone should read it has a nice plot and has something comin next u wont guess
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By gm on January 28, 2013
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This is a wonderful book it's really interesting and you'll always wonder what's happening next. This is a wonderful story you'll love it.
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