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Stay Alive #2: Cave-in
     

Stay Alive #2: Cave-in

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by Joseph Monninger
 

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Stranded in the middle of nowhere, you have to fight to survive! A group of kids on a field trip on a coastal island are abandoned after an earthquake hits and the fort they studying collapses. At first they are trapped inside but after escaping the cave-in, they realize debris from the collapse has destroyed all of their supplies. How long can they survive there?

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Stranded in the middle of nowhere, you have to fight to survive! A group of kids on a field trip on a coastal island are abandoned after an earthquake hits and the fort they studying collapses. At first they are trapped inside but after escaping the cave-in, they realize debris from the collapse has destroyed all of their supplies. How long can they survive there? Will anyone come rescue them?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
A Thanksgiving weekend trip for the Outing Club to a remote Maine island for a community-service project turns disastrous when an earthquake leaves the campers trapped underground in a caved-in powder magazine from an old fort. Monniger constructs his story so that everything that can conceivably go wrong does indeed happen: the kids and their young teachers face thirst, hunger, freezing temperatures, howling winds, possibly fatal injuries, abandonment, and (for some) death. The story is narrated in a shifting kaleidoscope of impressions from a cast of characters including: hard-working, relentlessly on-task Mary; shirker Sandy who yearns only to be at the shopping mall; over-sized Bob who knows he will get stuck with all the most miserable physical labor; Sam, who keeps playing clips of disaster movies in his head. Although the escalating challenges make for suspenseful reading, the overall tone of the book is somber, even depressing; the ending brings no sense of jubilation. Characters do not change or grow; while this is probably more realistic than if they were miraculously to transform as a result of their ordeal, it is nonetheless disappointing to find that these harrowing days made next to no difference in the lives of those who survived them. The chief pleasure for readers after finishing this grim saga lies in the thought: “How glad I am to be here, not there. How glad I am to be me, not them.” Book two in the “Stay Alive” series. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
With this second book in the Stay Alive series, youngsters will see a formula emerge: A group of children in the care of mostly ineffective adults are in a remote location when disaster strikes. To signal the severity, someone dies; another is critically injured; a third risks everything to get help. Meanwhile, the person who delivered them to the site conveniently dies before communicating the coordinates. In this case, the setting is Maine's Hog Island Ledge, where six students and two teachers camp for five days. A bizarrely destructive earthquake (Maine is hardly a hotbed of tectonic activity) hits while the group is exploring the island's Civil War–era fort, trapping them. As in series opener Crash (2014), the book is broken into three parts, each starting with a survival tip. Part 1 describes the cave-in; 2, the desperate dig-out; 3, survival without food, water or means to communicate. Readers may question why a quake causing significant damage on an island that is visible from the mainland and the site of one of the region's most recognizable landmarks would not spark media coverage, parental concern and subsequent search. And as in the first book, there is no before or after for this crew, only the catastrophe and how they cope. Thus, although the pace is brisk, the characters are one-dimensional and hard to care about, especially the selfish Sandy, who never changes or gets her comeuppance. For a more gripping and nuanced portrayal of individuals pushing and pulling together, try Fallout by Todd Strasser (2013). (Adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545563536
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Series:
Stay Alive , #2
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
597,764
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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