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Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries) Kindle Edition
"The inspiring messages, real-life advice, and glimpses at future career opportunities will make this a crowd pleaser." –School Library Journal
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- ASIN : B01N4DR201
- Publisher : Clarion Books; Illustrated edition (January 2, 2018)
- Publication date : January 2, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 29608 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 115 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,982 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The “Survivor Diaries” series is aimed at kids in Grads 3-7. The first book, “Overboard,” provided valuable tips on how to survive in the water. And this book’s topic, “Avalanche” is no exception, as it is filled with life-saving tips.
Twelve-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan are on a skiing trip with the parents deep within Wyoming’s Grand Teton Mountains. Author Johnson paints beautiful portraits of the mountains covered in a fresh layer of powder. I was glad I read this on an unusual warm day in mid-November. I got the shivers a couple of times.
Ashley and Ryan are skilled skiers. Ryan is the better of the foursome and always in the lead. Earlier that day, Ryan had seen a pamphlet about a study that was occurring in the area on the wolverines. I’ve learned a lot about wolverines from watching “Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet.” They are beautiful animals, but elusive and extremely dangerous.
Since the kids were so far ahead of their parents on the trail, they decided to veer off the trail in the hopes of seeing one of the animals. They could easily catch up with their parents without them evening knowing they had strayed off the trail.
It wasn’t long before they heard a loud growl and were enveloped in a blanket of snow, falling head over heels over head over heels. Ashley is the first one to realize what has happened and is on a desperate search to find her brother. Thanks to the class the two had taken, Ashley knows what to do to keep them safe until help can arrive.
This short little book packs lots of adventure and knowledge into a readable, hopefully memorable (if readers ever find themselves in this situation) and exciting read.
Survivor Diaries: Avalanche! (Book 2 of a 4 book series) receives 5 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world.
The author's description of being in an avalanche is very well written, and had my son on a brief white knuckle adventure as I read. We're just south of Boston, in a lowland area along the coast. Avalanches are not our thing. He's lived through a few tropical storms and nor'easters, but had no concept of what to do in case of an avalanche. While the story is a narrative tale, it's also laden with many facts about how to survive such a disaster, from the tools that one should carry to the nature-inspired designs one can utilize (snow caves, snow shoes, etc.) to both survive and try to make contact with would-be rescuers. I don't believe an avalanche is in our near future, but if we do bump into one, hopefully a few thoughts will come back to both me and my son.
The back of the book contains sections on what to do if encountered by a bear (as the main characters in the books are) - both black and grizzly - and useful websites to check out for safety ideas. We'll be checking out the author's other existing and upcoming titles to see what else she has to offer.
After the story is over, the fun continues. There are pages of survival tips. They include how to survive many things that the twins encounter in their wilderness adventure (including animal attacks). This is followed by the first chapter of the next book in the series. The message is great in this book, children will be able to relate to the main characters, and there is an educational value too. I highly recommend this book.
This book reminds me a lot of the I Survived series that my kids have enjoyed reading. While those books are based on real life disasters, this story is also about something that could really happen. It's an interesting story and offers vital information that could be used if one ever found himself caught in an avalanche. The end of the book also has some other helpful tips to survive in the cold wilderness. My kids read and enjoyed this book. It's recommended for ages 7 to 10 and is good for anyone comfortable with short chapter books. It's interesting for anyone older too. I'd love to read the first one and I look forward to future releases.