Stranded (new cover)

Stranded (new cover)

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by Ben Mikaelsen
     
 

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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

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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 importantly, Koby starts to recognize her own strength and courage.

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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:
06/22/2010
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
248,278
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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