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Stranded in Boringsville Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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Grade 4-7–When 12-year-old Rains father leaves the family, her mother decides to simplify their lives and move to Rains grandmothers house in the country. Daniel, an intelligent boy who is obsessed with Star Trek and enjoys playing chess, lives next door. At school, the two are called the Double Drips. Rain wishes she could play basketball, but feels obligated to hang out with Daniel, who hates sports. She learns that he has to have surgery to correct a heart problem. Her weekends with her father and his girlfriend get better once the adults acknowledge her feelings and Rain and Daniel discover that Julia is a Trekkie. Readers will relate to Rains adjustment to her parents separation and a new home, school, and friends. The Australian setting features a platypus sighting and a visiting cousin who is so American. This enjoyable and quirky story is told from Rains perspective and includes poems composed from a refrigerator poetry kit and entries from Daniels Captains Log.–Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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Gr. 5-8. Twelve year-old Rain's parents have separated. Her father has moved in with his trendy, younger girlfriend, and her mother has turned in her business suits for yoga and a simpler life in "Boringsville," tiny Clarkson, Central Victoria. Now even Rain's name, a perfectly good one in cosmopolitan Melbourne, seems weird. Her neighbor Daniel is almost 12, "phenomenally bright," an ardent Star Trek fan, and, as Rain learns, cruelly bullied at school. In alternating chapters, Australian author Bateson deftly allows Rain and Daniel to chronicle their budding friendship and the problems each has fitting in at home and at school: Rain's anger toward her father; her fierce loyalty to Daniel even as she wishes he would try harder to make friends; and Daniel's fear that he might lose Rain's friendship while he's hospitalized for heart surgery. Readers will ache for the kids, whose conflicted feelings seem all too real. So what if the author resolves their problems a little too neatly; readers will still savor the satisfying ending. Chris Sherman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082341969X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419692
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,676,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"And that's when I hated her. She had no right to call me her stepdaughter when she and Dad weren't even married, and anyway, no one had asked me whether I wanted to be called that. I would certainly never in a million trillion years have call Julia my stepmother and I wasn't going to start, thank you very much. Little kids might have stepmothers, but no Rain May Carr-Davies. It made it sound as though Maggie had died. It was awful." Stranded in Boringsville is a very touching book by Catherin Bateson. It's about a twelve year old girl name Rain, whose parents are divorced. She had to move from the city to the country, into her grandma's old house. She befriends the unpopular boy next door, Daniel, who loves Star Trek and is borned with a heart disease. Rain has to get use to the idea of her Dad and his new girlfriend. In the end, Rain and Daniel became very popular in school, and befriends her Dad's girlfriend, who also happens to be a Star Trek fan.

One reason why I like this book is because of the mini fridge poems in which Rain and Maggie(Rain's mother) communicate with each other when they feel if speaking doesn't fit. Many of the times it's when they feel sad or really happy, it's like a way to put out their emotions.

Another reason why I favor this book is because of Rain personality. She is a very good friend to Daniel. For instance, when the "popular" mean kids took Daniel's hat and refuse to give it back, Daniel just didn't do anything about it. Well, Rain did, because she couldn't just ignore the fact that her friend is being picked on, so she marched over to their table and demand them to give the hat back. Snobbish people never really listen to what they're told, so they didn't gave it back. Rain got very mad and started a fight, they all got in trouble.
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"Rain May and Captain Daniel" is not a Star Trek book per se, but it is about a group of primary (aka elementary) school students living in Melbourne, Australia, who like (and/or come to appreciate) Star Trek - in all of its TV incarnations. Although Rain explains that she's named after a line in an e e cummings' poem, "Captain" Daniel assumes she was named for Rain Robinson, a guest character from the "Voyager" two-parter, "Future's End". Daniel seems to live and breathe Star Trek, keeps a diary he calls his "Captain's Log" (complete with stardates), thinks of his neighbours as alien colonists, and even knows a counsellor named Diana, just like Deanna Troi of "The Next Generation".

This is a lot of fun. The kids in Bateson's book identify strongly with Trek ideals and characters, mainly of TNG and "Voyager". They support each other through some serious issues, in ways that would make Gene Roddenberry proud. They go shopping for Star Trek lapel pins at (the real) Minotaur Bookshop, can quote Kirk and Spock as readily as Deanna Troi - and are enthralled when a friend gives them a disk of the downloaded "Enterprise" premiere, long before it was to be commercially available in Australia!

There are a few glitches in the novel: references to Lieutenant Tom Parish (Paris), Counsellor Troy (Troi) and Volcan (Vulcan) three-dimensional chess, but overall the story rings true. In the 80s I knew several primary aged kids who got thoroughly immersed in the Star Trek phenomenon. It's rarer to find them today because the newer ST series screen on free-to-air TV sooooo late at night, and to such an erratic schedule of delays and pre-emptions for sporting events and infomercials.
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