Surf Zone

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Jake and Peter find extreme adventure once again, after a scuba-diving accident leaves them and a surfer girl stranded on a deserted island with surfboards as their only means of escape. The storm of the century is fast approaching and the boys need to think fast if they're going to get home in one piece.

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Overview

Jake and Peter find extreme adventure once again, after a scuba-diving accident leaves them and a surfer girl stranded on a deserted island with surfboards as their only means of escape. The storm of the century is fast approaching and the boys need to think fast if they're going to get home in one piece.

Surf Zone is Jake and Peter's most action-packed and thrilling adventure yet. This adrenalin-pumping book is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Praise for Pam Withers:

Pam's books have wide appeal to boys and girls, to avid and reluctant readers, to teens and to younger children who are looking for a challenging high-interest book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The title alone hints that the reader will be pulled into an adventure dealing with the world of surfing. The opening paragraph confirms this. "They say the big ones come from underneath, not behind you. As Jake Evans lay on his surfboard, trailing gloved fingers in the sparkling water, he thought he felt the pulse of the ocean beneath him quicken." Jake and Peter have a scuba-diving accident that leaves them, along with a girl, stranded on an island. The three of them must use their surfing talents, their determination, and their instincts to find a way home. Unfortunately, this becomes very difficult when they encounter the storm of the century. The reader will learn surfing vocabulary. "Really worked" means a heavy, painful wipeout. "Stall for the barrel" means when a hollow wave breaks right over a surfer and the surfer slows down to keep himself inside it. This is a super action-packed book. Once started it will be very difficult to put down. I especially like the way the author develops the characters. They are very believable and students will be able to identify with them and their feelings. Withers draws the reader into the story and provides a book that will interest girls and boys, avid as well as reluctant readers, and middle to young adult-age children. This would make a great gift. It would be perfect in a classroom or personal library. It is part of the "Take It to Extreme" series." 2005, Walrus Books, Ages 10 up.
—Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-As junior guides for Sam's Adventure Tours, friends Jake and Peter find more adventure and danger than they had bargained for when they take an attractive French teen cave diving off Canada's west coast. They run out of air, but finally make it to dry land. The intrigue continues when the boat from which they were diving is nowhere to be seen and it appears that no one is looking for them. While finding food and shelter isn't easy, getting along proves the greatest challenge for the trio as the boys compete for headstrong Valerie's attention. Against the backdrop of a rugged landscape rich in Native American artifacts and history, the story is quickly propelled to its climax when the teens attempt to reach the mainland on their surfboards during a storm. For all those athletic, adventurous types, or anyone just interested in reading about them, Surf Zone will not fail to delight.-Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552857182
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Take It to the Xtreme , #5
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 727,475
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pam Withers is as passionate today about outdoor adventure as she was while growing up in Wisconsin and the Dakotas. A former outdoor guide, she ran a summer camp for teens for many years. Her best-selling, award-nominated series combines her knowledge of sports with her experience as a journalist: "I research my books heavily, and interview lots of experts to ensure that the material is as accurate and realistic as fiction can be." She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and teenaged son.

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