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Koby's whole life changed after the accident four years ago. Between the smothering concern of her separated parents and the awkward glances from the kids at school, Koby only feels at home when she is on the ocean in her dinghy.

That all changes when she rescues two dying pilot whales. Day after day, she visits the whales as they begin their long road to recovery. She finds a new friend in Dr. Tracy Michaels, a veterinarian, and gains the admiration of her classmates. But most ...

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Overview

Koby's whole life changed after the accident four years ago. Between the smothering concern of her separated parents and the awkward glances from the kids at school, Koby only feels at home when she is on the ocean in her dinghy.

That all changes when she rescues two dying pilot whales. Day after day, she visits the whales as they begin their long road to recovery. She finds a new friend in Dr. Tracy Michaels, a veterinarian, and gains the admiration of her classmates. But most importantly, Koby starts to recognize her own strength and courage.

Twelve-year-old Koby, who has lost a foot in an accident, sees a chance to prove her self-reliance to her parents when she tries to rescue two stranded pilot whales near her home in the Florida Keys.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Koby wishes a lot of things were different: her dad would spend more time at home, mom would stop babying her, and that the kids at school would be friendly. Ever since she lost her foot in that bicycle accident, everyone treats her differently; she doesn't feel like she belongs anywhere now. Her place of refuge is aboard the Titmouse, her dinghy, riding the ocean's waves. But the evening she encounters an injured pilot whale, her life takes a spin. Will the whales live? Will they be set free? Will her parents quit arguing? Will they loose everything in the hurricane? Mikaelsen has woven a quick-paced tale of self-reliance, family problems, and wildlife rescue into a captivating and compelling story.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7Self-conscious about her appearance and her abilities ever since she lost her foot in an accident four years ago, 12-year-old Koby feels most at home on the water. Not only does she love living on her family's sailboat, but she revels in her time alone aboard a dinghy that she navigates through the Florida Keys. When she discovers a wounded pilot whale and helps it deliver a calf, then later rescues the animals when they're beached, the independence and attention generated by these incidents give her an improved self-image as well as new, admiring friends. Her parents' separation and a hurricane that threatens her father's livelihood as well as the whales' lives are other obstacles that must be overcome. Mikaelsen's writing is strongest when describing rich scenes of the seascape and wildlife behavior. The characters, however, seem to be of a type (gruff sailor; bouncy, popular classmate, etc.), fulfilling a purpose in the story but never coming alive, conveying humor that is forced and often speaking in a moralizing or patronizing tone. Although the theme of rehabilitation is evident, with the exception of the rescue there is a lack of tension and a juggling of plots that lead to a predictable, and at times sentimental, story.Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423133629
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 218,273
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Mikaelsen is the award-winning author of many books for children, including Petey, Countdown, Rescue Josh McGuire, Stranded, and Sparrow Hawk Red. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    A reviewer

    Stranded is about a young girl about twelve years old with a missing foot named Koby,she lost her foot when she was eight.This courageous twelve year old,through the story helps two whales she found out in the ocean near Florida,stranded and goes through her parents constantly fighting over her.I think it is a great book and I didn't want to put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Stranded

    Standed is a great book because it tells about the life stules of the main charictor,Koby. The book is about a gril who got in a crash and lost her lig. Koby lived by the ocean almost all her life with her mom and dad. One day when she was out on the side of the ocean, she found a whale and helped it give bith. Then a few weeks later she found them sranded. she did every thing she could do to help them. Over all this was a very good book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Stranded

    Stranded was a pretty good book. I thoght this, because Koby only had one leg and she saved 2 whales from dying. Koby was also the only one the whales trusted. I would highly recogmend this book. I would highly recogmend it, because it was a very sad and interesting book. And I also thought it was filled with drama, and a lot of emotion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I remember reading this in 4th grade and it was wonderful! This

    I remember reading this in 4th grade and it was wonderful! This book has had such an impact on my life and has inspired me to study zoology not that I am in college.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2011

    Check out this book

    Best book I've ever read I got so sucked into it I read it in 4 days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Sranded by

    I didn't like Stranded because it didn't have a good plot. I prefer series books that continue on with the same and new characters. I think one 200 page book dosen't have enough details for a good plot and climax by my standards. Stranded ended quite abruptly so I can't imagine their life in the next year or so. Koby is the main character and she lost her foot in an accident. (What acceident is that I asked myself but I wasn't answered.) Koby finds a couple beached whales and stands with them all night and then helps them through recovery and release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2007

    Stranded

    Stranded is a boring book to me. Koby lived at sea for a year. She now lives on land. Also everyday Koby goes out to the sea and she watches the whales with Nickeljack. If this book is in the library kids might do what she does, and fail.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Great book for animal lovers.

    Stranded is a fun,loving story about a young girl named Koby. She struggles through out the book with family and friends. But one day when she is out on the ocean, she sees a whale and somehow that whale turns everything around for her. This book is definatly a great book for animal lovers. This book has some strong vocabulary, and great facts about the ocean! I would suggest this book to 5-7 graders. This book should be in every classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Good book

    The book Stranded is great!It's about a girl named Koby who lost her leg.She lives with her mom and dad on her dad's boat.She loves animals and she gets to help two whales she found stranded on the sand flats.She takes care of them with doctors until they are strong enough to make it back into the ocean.I would definentaly recomend this book to animal lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    it was great

    I read and still reading the book I loved it and understand it I am in seventh grade and recomend other seventh graders to read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    I didnt like it

    We had to read it for school. It was pointless. There should have been more action. I like things that rock my sox. not drop my sox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    Cool!

    I really liked this book because I thought Koby was really brave to be stranded all night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    WOW

    this book is all about life how u should love every min. of it. she took chances and i really loved it and enjoyed reading it it was fablous

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    The BEST Book to read to 7th grade kids

    Hi, my name is Brittany and my school just got done reading Stranded and we even had a Straneded day it was great to read something so interesting in school it make the boring day go by fast because you cant wait to get to school the next day to read the next chapter because its so thrilling and exciting....I loved the book and now guess what Ben M. is coming to our school soon so i cant wait any longer!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    It's a great book

    It is a bout a 12-year old named Koby Easton. She claims that her life has gone all wrong since she lost her foot in a bike accident 4 years ago. Her only escape from the world is time out on the ocean. One night she meets a pilot whale and her world is once again turned upside down. She is dscovering things aout herself and life she has never known. It teaches you to look past the outside of someone and see how they reallly are. It is also the importance your family or a friend can make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2002

    AWESOME!!!!

    This is the best book i have ever read. It is suspensful, and want's to make you read on and on and on...It really touched me and tought me that we take the things we have for granted, and that life is not a popularity contest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2001

    Stranded

    This book was fabulous and made me realize how life shouldn't be a popularity contest. I thought the beginning went by slow, but towards the middle and end, I read about 20 pages per night!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Stranded by Annika

    In the book Stranded there is a girl named Koby. Koby is missing a foot. She lost her foot in a bike accident when she was 8 years old. Koby really likes to go out to sea. One day while Koby is out at sea she finds a whale with a net over its fin. One night while Koby is looking for the whales Kody finds them on an island almost dead. Sometimes Koby feels like she is stranded. Kobys parent's get in a lot of fights. This book was challening because it made me think about my life in general. I gave this book a 5 because I really thought this book was interesting and exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Stranded

    In Stranded there is a girl named Koby.When Koby was 8 she was riding her bike and a car hit her.When that happened Koby's leg got ripped out.Now Koby,12 finds a female whale with a old fishing net around her drosel fin. When Koby tried to help the whale she saw a cloud of blood under the whale, then Koby sees a small shape floating downward. Then Koby relizes its a baby whale so she puts on her swim gear and dived under water to try to bring the baby whale up to breathe for the first time.When Koby goes home she hears her parents fighting.To see what happens next read Stranded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    A Stranded Book Review

    I am doing my book review on a book called Stranded. It is about a girl named Koby who helps some injured wales and she desperately wanted to get her parents back together. I thought that the characters were great. Here are some of the main characters, there is Paige, Dutch, Koby and a guy named Nicklejack. My favorite character is NickleJack. I like Nicklejack because he is a funny and brave character. I think you should read this 5 star book because you will not be able to put it down. I hope you enjoyed this book review.

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