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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7-In this exciting survival novel, four kids from a recently blended family are sent sailing to get to know one another better. When a sudden storm front moves in, the boat runs into a rocky shoal and starts taking on water. The children's uncle, the captain, prepares a life raft with his first mate, but the two of them and the raft disappear before the kids can get on. The ship runs aground on an unknown island. Now stranded in the South Pacific, the children must find a way to contact the coast guard and survive. During their adventure, they learn to cross deadly cliffs, go spelunking, and try to keep from being swept out to sea in raging water. The nautical terms and descriptions with little contextual clues are confusing for the first part of the book, but once the children get stranded on the island, the story begins to move at an exceedingly fast and exciting pace. While the plot delivers, the character development is lacking. The youngsters represent different stereotypes and rarely step outside their roles: the thinker, the technology guru, the stubborn athlete, and the problem-solving geek with untapped leadership potential. Readers should be able to identify with at least one character, but the lack of dynamic growth limits the audience to fans of adventure/survival books.-Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, MEα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this first entry to a new adventure series coauthored by Survivor host Probst, four kids are supposed to bond on a sailing trip as part of a newly blended family (Carter and Jane’s mother has married Vanessa and Buzz’s father). Instead, they end up on their own in the middle of the Pacific. Probst and Tebbetts (coauthor of James Patterson’s Middle School books) begin with a bang in the form of thunder as a storm builds and the two adults on the Lucky Star get blown away on the only lifeboat. The kid characters are not indelibly drawn, but their difficulties—on the boat and then on an island without water or an easy way to communicate with the outside world—are diverting. At book’s end, the boat’s wreckage—and the kids’ only shelter—has been pulled back into the ocean by the current. With only a few minutes to take supplies from the boat before getting to safety, the kids will no doubt be hunting the island’s resources in the series’ next installment. Grades 3-5, --Abby Nolan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: Stranded (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; unknown edition (February 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545580633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545580632
  • ASIN: 0142424242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Liviania VINE VOICE on February 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you're like my mom and me, then you took a look at this cover and went, "Jeff Probst? Like Survivor?" Yes, the host of Survivor has written a middle grade book with the help of Chris Tebbetts. Unsurprisingly, it involves people stuck on an island.

Vanessa and Buzz Diaz's father married Carter and Jane Benson's mother, making them all siblings. As a gift, their Uncle Dexter offered to take the kids on a cruise during the honeymoon, giving them time to bond. While Buzz and Carter are the same age, they're very different. Carter is more athletic and active, whereas Buzz prefers to stay belowdecks. Jane is cute, but too young to be interested in the same things as the others, whereas Vanessa is too old.

Then the kids are forced to work together when the boat runs aground during a large storm and they're separated from Uncle Dex and his first mate. Because the boat changed directions several times trying to outrun the storm, the authorities only have a general idea where the kids are. It could be a long time before help arrives.

STRANDED is a terrific high interest, low effort novel. The kids keep barely escaping total disaster, which keeps the pages turning. Plus they represent a range of personalities, somewhat shallowly drawn but easily identified with. I particularly like Jane, who contributes to their survival just as much as the others by being observant and thoughtful.

I felt STRANDED was a bit short. It's nearly two hundred pages long, but the print is large. Just when things really got going, it ended. I suppose that's the way of this sort of adventure series for young readers. I think kids who like this one will be eager to read TRIAL BY FIRE in June in order to figure out how the kids face the dangers of the island.

STRANDED doesn't have much to interest older readers, but it's a good choice for younger, reluctant readers. It's easy to read and exciting.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl on February 14, 2013
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My 11 (almost 12)year old grandson and I are reading this together and I don't know who loves it more him or me!! Very exciting!! adventure, intrigue, Has it all. We are always anxious for the next chapter. I know girls would love it as well. There are girls in the adventure. Definately buying the next two books. Always looking for great books for him to read and we hit the jackpot!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda H. on March 12, 2013
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I got this for my grandson and according to him, it's "pretty good". Then he tells me all about it for the next 15 minutes. So my feeling is it's more than pretty good! He read it fairly quickly. About 10 days or so. It's the perfect book for a kid probably 9 to 12 years old. My grandson is 11 and enjoyed it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 17, 2013
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I am 52 and a big survivor fan I watched Jeff Probst on a show talking about the book. I ordered it right away. Well worth it but now I have to wait until June for book two. As a child the idea of being on a deserted island has always had a great appeal to me. Can't wait to see how it unfolds. Rated E for everyone with an adventurous soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ElizaCD on June 6, 2013
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I loved this book! It keeps you turning the pages and then suddenly it stops. I almost screamed and then begged my mom for the next book. I recommend this book for 7-11 year old readers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erica on January 29, 2014
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Stranded by Jeff Probst was an interesting read. The premise was interesting but how the story carried out was not enough to fully capture my attention and make me fall in love with this survival novel.

While Jeff Probst is trying to portray the stakes as high, that is not the way Stranded came across. I was looking for a fast paced, high energy survival story and instead what I got was a very mediocre story. So basically I loved the premise and idea of Stranded, but the execution was just a bit off for me.

The characters were a lot of fun, particularly Jane with her camera and recording everything to report back to her elementary school. I loved seeing the team work they all had to put forth, even when they didn’t want to necessarily get along.

All in all, Stranded was a neat book, but for me it just lacked a bit in a few major areas. Those who love a good survival story will most likely enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krista Cubicleblindness on July 23, 2013
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The book broken up into very short chapters and in turn each chapter into sections. Stranded was a very quick read and full of smart children stuck in a very desperate situation.

The four children are stranded, having lost their two adult guides, but luckily still have the boat...and it's stock of food. They must learn how to deal with this emotional situation as well as fight for survival. Including the most important thing, finding water.

The reader gets a good look of each character, getting to know each and their strongest abilities. They work very well together and very little, if any drama.

This is a great Summer read for Middle Grade readers, a good start to the series. It's light and entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Silverheels on December 5, 2013
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I bought this book for my two reluctant reader grandsons. They both enjoyed reading this book and the rest in the series also. I wouldn't say they became voracious readers after this, however, they do now realize that there are books available that they enjoy.
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