Danger in the Desert

Danger in the Desert

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by T. S. Fields
     
 

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Scott and Robbie always wanted candy and root beer for dinner, but now they've got their wish, and it doesn't sound so good. They've been kidnapped in their mother's station wagon and left in the brutally hot desert with no food or water. When night comes-darker than they ever thought night could be and bringing coyotes and snakes-the brothers, eleven and nine,

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Scott and Robbie always wanted candy and root beer for dinner, but now they've got their wish, and it doesn't sound so good. They've been kidnapped in their mother's station wagon and left in the brutally hot desert with no food or water. When night comes-darker than they ever thought night could be and bringing coyotes and snakes-the brothers, eleven and nine, have to face the possibility that they might not be rescued. It's up to them to survive, using only what they happen to have in the station wagon. How can a pair of shoes, a set of hubcaps, and the contents of their mother's shopping bags be used for desert survival? You won't be able to stop reading until you find out.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Eleven-year-old Scott and nine-year-old Robbie are two brothers who can't normally survive five minutes with each other without a fight. How will they survive on their own in the desert? After being carjacked and abandoned by kidnappers, the two brothers realize that they may not be rescued in time. Using scouting survival skills, along with items that happen to have been left in the family station wagon, they confront wild animals, injuries, flash fires, floods, heat, thirst, and fear. There are, in fact, too many perils presented in too predictable a manner to maintain a believable plot line. While this middle grade novel presents valid, valuable survival information, young readers may have difficulty relating to the characters and following the plot long enough to pick up on it.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7--Scott, 11, and Robbie, 9, argue and scuffle constantly. After a trip to the local mall one hot Arizona afternoon, the brothers and their mother stop at a gas station. She leaves the car running while she goes to pre-pay for gas, and an armed man hijacks the car and kidnaps the boys. After meeting his jeep-driving partner, the fugitive leaves the boys and the car in the desert. Frightened but unharmed, Scott begins to drive the car back to civilization, but runs out of gas. The rest of the story describes the suffering, terror, and hallucinations the siblings experience in their attempt to survive. Told by Scott, the story moves rapidly with vocabulary that is appropriate for the topic and reading level. This exciting adventure has a skillful integration of accurate survival tactics. Libraries in the Southwest will especially want to consider it.--Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873586641
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
126
Sales rank:
412,945
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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