Stranded (Stranded Series #1)

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A New York Times Bestseller!

As seen on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and Kelly and Michael.

From the Emmy-Award winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life co-author, Chris Tebbetts, comes a brand new family adventure series!

A family vacation becomes a game of survival!
It was supposed to be a vacation—and a chance to get to know ...

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller!

As seen on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and Kelly and Michael.

From the Emmy-Award winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life co-author, Chris Tebbetts, comes a brand new family adventure series!

A family vacation becomes a game of survival!
It was supposed to be a vacation—and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive?

A week ago, the biggest challenge Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane had was learning to live as a new blended family. Now the four siblings must find a way to work together if they're going to make it off the island. But first they've got to learn to survive one another.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a five-day boat expedition off Hawaii hits an unexpected storm, new stepsiblings Vanessa (13), eleven-year-olds Buzz and Carter, and Jane (9) struggle to stay on course. When they are forced to abandon ship, the kids' uncle and the boat's first mate get aboard the life raft, but the boat is torn away with the four children still inside. They end up stranded on an uncharted island and have to learn to work together. The narration shifts between the perspectives of each of the kids as the true nature of their circumstances become clear and tasks like finding water turn into a struggle for survival. Each character brings a different strength to the table; some are obvious like Carter's knowledge of the outdoors, while others, like the tips couch potato Buzz has gleaned from reality TV (a nod to Survivor, the show hosted by Probst), are revealed with more subtlety. Little distinguishes the voice of one character from another, but the high stakes and novel environment should ensure rapid page-turning. A sequel, Trial by Fire, is due in June. Ages 8-up.
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Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Carter and Jane's mother recently married Vanessa and Buzz's father. Uncle Dexter decides to take all the kids out to sea on a sailing adventure so the honeymooners can hike at Volcanoes National Park and enjoy the beaches of Hawaii. The new siblings were supposed to bond on a small boat out in the middle of nowhere, but things to do not start off so well, and the weather becomes serious. The boat rocks and tilts. Time to call in an S.O.S., especially since water is coming in through the engine. Uncle Dex prepares for everyone to get into the life raft. But one moment he is there and the next he isn't. With the small boat breaking apart from the thrashing of the storm, the four children are seemingly left alone to fend for themselves. The worst isn't over yet. By daybreak they find themselves washed up on an island, wondering what will happen next. How will they survive? Now, they must find a way to work together to survive and get off the island of Nowhere. This fast- paced read is an exciting adventure for young readers to enjoy. Lively dialogue and interactions will keep readers engaged and perhaps recognizing some similarities with their own siblings. Author Jeff Probst, of the famed television show Survivor, has created a wonderful adventure any middle grade reader will love. Vivid imagery throughout the pages will have readers feeling as though they were stranded too. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—In this exciting survival novel, four kids from a recently blended family are sent sailing to get to know one another better. When a sudden storm front moves in, the boat runs into a rocky shoal and starts taking on water. The children's uncle, the captain, prepares a life raft with his first mate, but the two of them and the raft disappear before the kids can get on. The ship runs aground on an unknown island. Now stranded in the South Pacific, the children must find a way to contact the coast guard and survive. During their adventure, they learn to cross deadly cliffs, go spelunking, and try to keep from being swept out to sea in raging water. The nautical terms and descriptions with little contextual clues are confusing for the first part of the book, but once the children get stranded on the island, the story begins to move at an exceedingly fast and exciting pace. While the plot delivers, the character development is lacking. The youngsters represent different stereotypes and rarely step outside their roles: the thinker, the technology guru, the stubborn athlete, and the problem-solving geek with untapped leadership potential. Readers should be able to identify with at least one character, but the lack of dynamic growth limits the audience to fans of adventure/survival books.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142424247
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Series: Stranded Series , #1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 39,242
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Probst is the multi-Emmy award winning host and executive producer of the popular series Survivor.

In 2009, Probst partnered with Mark Burnett as creator and executive producer for "Live for the Moment," for CBS, which featured a person with a daunting diagnosis who wants to live the best life possible and fulfill their dreams. In 2007, Probst founded The Serpentine Project, a non-profit organization designed to help young adults transition out of the foster care system.  In 2011, they joined forces with the larger non-profit organization Alliance for Children’s Rights, which has provided 100,000 kids in L.A. with free legal assistance and advocacy.  Each season, Survivor memorabilia is auctioned off and, to date, the auctions have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization.

A native of Wichita, Kan., Probst is married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children when not traveling the world.  He can be followed on twitter @jeffprobst and online at www.jeffprobst.com

Chris Tebbetts is the New York Times bestselling co-author of James Patterson's Middle School series. Originally from Yellow Spring, Ohio, Tebbetts is a graduate of Northwester University. He lives and writes in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Meh confused... 0.0

    I don't get it should I read it or will the book be as bad as the preview help me out bros! Click yes if I should get this book.

    62 out of 75 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Amazing

    I think this book is really good! I recamend it to all the people who love adventure. This book will always keep you on your toes. Im sure you will all love this adventurus amazing book

    29 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    :-) :-) :-):-)

    I love this book so much i can't wait to read books 2 & 3. I recomed it to ages 9-13.

    22 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    AWESOME!!

    This book was awesome and I thing everyone should read it

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Amazing!

    I love this book! It has so much tension! I can't wait for Stranded 2: Trial by Fire to come out!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Rebecca W.

    I have not read this but I think it is going to like.Any coments?

    13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    AMAZING

    I think this book was so good i love it and think everyone should read it cant wait for book 2 (trial by fire) :)

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Love It!!

    It gives me goosebumps when they work together:) I love this book don't get the sample get the book!!!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Good book

    Really good book. Read it.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Great

    This is the best book I've read like ever.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    This is awesome

    I say 5 stars it is the best book!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Person

    I love watching survivir and love the concept. I was lookinv for a good read and heard about it on the radio. Thought i would give ita try. Love it!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    So awsome

    I wish i could give it 1000000 stars

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    This book was amazing. Well worth the money.

    This book was amazing. Well worth the money.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Amaxing

    I cant wait for the second one!!!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Awesome

    The sample sucks but the story is way better

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Looks really good

    Looks reall good but my mom will not let me get it

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Love

    Its at my book fair

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Soap opera!

    U need all three to get the whole story.....what a rip! This one is just cliff hanger!

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Ashton T

    I love watching serviver so i rilly look forward to this book and the second

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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