VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Jane Murphy
The books in the Shock Zone series present important information about survival in a variety of situations, providing preparedness lessons with a sense of adventure. Keeping the topics interesting to young readers with the aid of colorful photographs and illustrations, each book asks what readers would do in an emergency in order to survive. The layout is much like a magazine or website, with well-designed spreads to attract inquisitive eyes accustomed to moving around on the page. Recent and familiar news events are covered, including tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, meteorites, and tornados in the volume about natural disaster; some historic accounts of incidents in the Andes, Antarctic, and Alaska in the cold climates volume; and fascinating stories about surviving in the wilderness areas of woods, canyons, and jungles in the wilderness volume. One account covers the life-saving dog of a runner injured in the mountains of Utah. The gross factor comes into play with descriptions of eating spiders, overcoming injuries, and more. These colorful and slick volumes are sure to please and intrigue young readers and guarantee a fun, yet comprehensive, learning experience. Each book provides a set of survival tips for each situation, an extended bibliography, and gateways to more information on each subject. Students’ interests will be piqued by the books in this series, and they will seek out more true survival stories. This series is a must for middle school library collections and medium-sized public libraries as well. (Shock Zone: True Survival Stories) Reviewer: Jane Murphy; Ages 11 to 15.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Can you imagine surviving a plane crash high in the Andes Mountains only to face bitter cold, starvation, avalanches, and hopelessness? In such a dire situation what would you need to do to survive? How would you cope with the truly life threatening circumstances? Part of the “True Survival Stories” series, readers are presented with six true life situations wherein people are confronted with just the type of survival questions posted above. Whether the situation involves a plane crash in Alaska, being lost in the mountains while snowboarding, or an exploration team trapped in Antarctica, Mooney recreates the harrowing experiences of individuals facing terrible and frigid odds to survive. In each instance the author does a fine job of describing these dire circumstances and how seemingly insignificant decisions spiral into significance. The author also incorporates survival tips applicable to anyone who may venture forth into the winter landscape regarding clothing, safety, and emergency actions. Taken as a whole this is an informative and adventure-filled book that should appeal to readers interested in the out-of-doors. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.