Stay Alive #1: Crash

Stay Alive #1: Crash

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by Joseph Monninger
     
 

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Stranded in the middle of nowhere, you have to fight to survive!

When the members of Junior Action News Team crash land in the Alaskan backwoods, one thing is clear: not everyone is going to survive. No cell phones. No internet. Their supplies are limited, as is their knowledge of the wilderness. Part of the group wants to wait it out. Other wants to search

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Stranded in the middle of nowhere, you have to fight to survive!

When the members of Junior Action News Team crash land in the Alaskan backwoods, one thing is clear: not everyone is going to survive. No cell phones. No internet. Their supplies are limited, as is their knowledge of the wilderness. Part of the group wants to wait it out. Other wants to search for help. But above all they must stay alive!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/04/2013
The calamitous action in this first novel in the Stay Alive series occurs in the opening pages, as a small plane crashes into a lake in the Alaskan wilderness. In addition to the pilot, on board are seven young stars of a TV magazine show about teens’ outdoor adventures, the father of one of the kids, a producer, and the show’s basset hound mascot. Monninger (Finding Somewhere) describes the crash with an eerie calmness before diving into the ensuing chaos. There is no sugarcoating the danger: the pilot and one teen perish in the crash, and another dies of his injuries. The remaining passengers are thrust into a battle to survive, contending with hunger, falling temperatures, ubiquitous insects, rain, snow, and fear. Though there are a lot of characters to track, their personalities sharpen as the story explores psychological as well as physical survival. “Survival Tips” that open each of the book’s four sections, along with similar details scattered throughout the dialogue and narration, bring the story even further into the realm of the real. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
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“Monninger is probably the best writer going at melding breathtaking human drama and fascination with the natural world." -The Bulletin CCB

Children's Literature - Katie Kemple
The cast members of Team Jump, a teen-based TV adventure show, put their skills to the ultimate test when the bush plane flying them to Takalut, Alaska crash lands in a lake. In the moments following the crash, the severity of their situation becomes clear to each passenger. Titus, an Eagle Scout, swiftly formulates a plan to get them out of the plane. Once on land, Team Jump's concerns multiply. They must figure out how to stay alive in Alaska. It is late summer there and mosquitoes feast on them, but the future could be worse as snow and freezing temperatures are on the way. Titus rallies the team and keeps them focused on the essentials: food, shelter, and an exit plan. Intelligent if nerdy Paul becomes Titus' right-hand man. His logic and sensibility prove to be useful in the wild. E, a budding pop star, also rises to the occasion and is admired by the team for her endurance, physical strength and determination. Together, they create a camp on the beach and organize their days hunting for wood, catching fish, and watching the skies for a rescue plane. When help does not arrive, they must decide: Should they stay put, or go for help? Their choices lead to mistakes and danger, but ultimately good fortune. This is a thrilling page-turner as Monninger's crisp narration masterfully conveys the thoughts and personalities of his characters, the surrounding wilderness, and the moments in life that defy vocabulary. Readers will connect with Titus, who leads the group despite being younger than the adult survivors. Titus proves that leadership is not about age but preparation. The two female crash survivors, E and Jill, are also worthy role models with unique strength and skills. This book could be an excellent choice for teachers to use in discussing leadership with students. This is book one in the "Stay Alive" series. Reviewer: Katie Kemple
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
The premise in this first adventure in the Stay Alive series feels familiar and cannot claim the originality or authenticity of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987); neither does it show the careful characterization and scene setting of the author's own books for teens. A small plane plummets into a remote lake in Alaska. Besides the pilot, passengers include members of a TV show: seven preteens plus one dad, the producer and a basset hound. Except for the dog, the characters are mostly stereotypes. There's the brave, decisive Eagle Scout, the able cool girl, the selfish pessimist, the bumbling adult. A few are killed off quickly, and with so little character development, it is hard to care about the survivors' circumstances, which are fairly sketchily described. Although each part begins with an interesting survival tip, the action lags, reading more like a camp to-do list, until the group decides to send out an exploration party. Those at camp experience an uneventful rescue, while those on the trail see some hardships including, for one, a death-defying swim down a set of rapids. An underlying theme seems to indicate that if they had only had a knife, things might have been different. In an unexpected closing scene, one finally floats up from the wreckage long after the rescue. However, they have always had a hatchet, and many youngsters will wish the characters had read the classic of the same name. (Adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545563482
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Series:
Stay Alive Series , #1
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
455,758
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Stay Alive #1: Crash 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Sometimes hard to keep track of character perspective and time in the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cool book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is soo good!