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Expedition to Blue Cave (Outriders Series #1)
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Expedition to Blue Cave (Outriders Series #1)

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by Ed Decter, Sammy Yuen (Illustrator)
 

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FROM THE BLOG OF CAM WALKER

My friends and I call ourselves the Outriders. It's not like a club of anything, we just all hate the idea of ever being BORED, and when we set our minds on something, we don't ask anyone's permission, we just DO IT.

There's this place called Blue Cave, which glows blue ONCE EVERY SEVEN YEARS (phosphorescent plankton!).

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FROM THE BLOG OF CAM WALKER

My friends and I call ourselves the Outriders. It's not like a club of anything, we just all hate the idea of ever being BORED, and when we set our minds on something, we don't ask anyone's permission, we just DO IT.

There's this place called Blue Cave, which glows blue ONCE EVERY SEVEN YEARS (phosphorescent plankton!). So obviously, we had to get there. But first we had to do three HUGE things:
1-ENACT THE "FREE SHELBY" PLAN
2-"SCAVENGE" (NOT STEAL, THERE'S A DIFFERENCE) THE GEAR WE NEED TO CROSS TWELVE MILES OF OPEN OCEAN
3-BE HOME BY 7:00 P.M.

My plan wasn't great, since it relied on a lot of luck. But everything worked perfectly -- except that Shelby's sister got kidnapped. But that's a longer story.

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Children's Literature - Alison King
Cam Walker appears with his crew in another "Outriders" adventure. The plan is to see phosphorescent plankton up close and personal at the Blue Cave. As this only happens once every seven years, it is really important to get to see it now before they are too old to enjoy it as adults. Cam is an idiot savant planner of adventures that are a) off the wall, b) seriously exciting, and c) excellent opportunities for scavenging, which is not quite stealing unless things go wrong, which they do—often. The plan to get to the Blue Cave becomes entwined with the greater goal of saving his friend Shelby from the horrors of summer school. Things become even more complicated when Shelby's sister, Annabel, gets kidnapped by two muscle buffs who have stolen a precious item which was recovered by the Outriders but then stolen by them on the same day because they need it to get Annabel back. Are you lost? Do not worry. What should be a confusing tale is managed solidly by the author who keeps tight control on the plot so all the reader has to do is hang on and enjoy the ride. The camaraderie among the group comes across as heartfelt without being sentimental. The different characters are nicely described so the reader gets a clear image of each one, and develops simpatico as well, even with the huge mastiff, Howie. Cam is anyone's idea of an annoying, goofy, and yet really likeable younger brother. This book is a fun read and could be used to emphasize the stresses children and teens face at school as outlined by what happens to Shelby in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416913054
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/09/2007
Series:
Outriders Series , #1
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ed Decter is a producer, director, and writer. Along with his writing partner John J. Strauss, Ed wrote There's Something about Mary, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3 as well as many other screenplays. During his years in show business Ed has auditioned, hired, and fired thousands of actors and actresses just like Chloe Gamble. Ed lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Sammy Yuen is the illustrator and designer of the action-packed, fun-filled Outriders series. His award-winning artwork can also be found on many other teen and tween covers or on the Web at www.sammyyuen.com. He lives in New York City, where every day is an adventure.

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Expedition to Blue Cave (Outriders Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Blue Cave got its name from the rare bioluminescent plankton that makes the whole cave light up with a wonderful blue glow...but it only happens once every seven years. If the Outriders are going to be able to see it, they must do it now. Cam Walker and the kids he hangs out with call themselves the Outriders, and they hate to be bored.

Expeditions require money and equipment, but that's no big problem. Cam manages to raise most of the Outrider's funds by "farming" golf balls...that is, searching the perimeters of the local golf course for lost balls, and selling them for twenty-five cents each to a guy who sells them back to the golfers. As the story opens, Cam is in the process of outrunning and outsmarting the guys at the golf course after he snatches a golf ball that is still in play. It's a close call, but he's good!

The equipment is usually "salvaged," or borrowed without permission of the owner, and then returned in the same condition. The big problem for the expedition to Blue Cave is to free Shelby from summer school and Schooltastic!, so that she can go, too. Shelby's parents are super-diligent at keeping track of Shelby, and this scheme requires careful planning and precise execution. Cam's schemes are outrageous, but what fun! They manage to spring Shelby from Schooltastic! and scavenge a variety of boats, canoes, and kayaks to go to the cave, which is twelve miles across open sea.

When they arrive at the cave, they discover that two people are already there, and they are burying a mahogany box that Cam recognizes as an antique golden sextant that belongs to the town's richest man, the eccentric Mr. Thorpe. He owns the most elaborate estate on Surf Island -- The Falcon's Lair. The kids know that it has been stolen. Now they just need to get it back and return it to Mr. Thorpe. But when the crooks kidnap Shelby's little sister, and the ransom is the golden sextant, the excitement kicks up a notch.

The Outriders conduct their excursions and put their dangerous plans into action without adult supervision. As Cam states in the story, "When we set our minds on something, we don't ask anyone's permission, we just DO IT." They do things that are definitely not parent approved and in some cases are illegal...stealing equipment, riding in the back of a pickup, overhauling a cell phone to obtain free service from the provider, and taking kayaks and canoes over twelve miles of open water. If kept in the right frame of mind as fiction, this is exciting reading that will especially appeal to boys.