Danger in the Desert

Danger in the Desert

by T. S. Fields


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ISBN-13: 9780873586641
Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date: 06/28/1997
Pages: 126
Sales rank: 512,046
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Danger in the Desert 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Scott Ratliffe, age eleven, and his brother Robbie, age nine, are typical brothers who fight a lot. Robbie throws away Scott's new Boy Scout badges, so Scott brings the hose in the living room to squirt Robbie. Both of them would prefer soda pop and candy for dinner. Their dad had died when Scott was seven, and their mom moved them from Colorado to Phoenix, AZ, because of her job. On one hot summer day, she takes them shopping, because she won't leave them at home alone any longer, and they buy some root beer gulpers. While their mom stops for gas and goes in to prepay, the boys roll around on the back seat fighting over one of Scott's Boy Scout badges when a man hijacks the car and takes the boys out into the desert. Another vehicle approaches, and the boys hope that it's a desert ranger, but he turns out to be the kidnapper's partner, and they go off in the other man's Jeep, deciding not to shoot the boys because they don't want to waste bullets. The boys think about driving the car out for help, but it's soon out of gas. They talk about trying to walk to the highway, but they're not sure of the right way. Stranded, they have to deal with all the dangers and frights of the desert-dark nights, howling coyotes, poisonous snakes, scorpions, a sudden thunderstorm, excessive heat-and hunger and thirst. All they have is the root beer gulpers and some Lifesavers. Maybe soda pop and candy for dinner isn't such a good idea! Can two pairs of shoes, a set of hubcaps, and the contents of their mom's shopping bags be used for survival in the desert? And will they be rescued in time? Danger in the Desert is a very exciting story that is hard to put down. I have only three complaints. The author, as do many modern authors of youth fiction, feels that she has to make several references to "peeing" to attract the middle school age crowd. There are a number of instances where Scott is said to have "lied" to Robbie to keep him from being scared. And the term "Oh God" is used a couple of times as an exclamation by Scott, who is narrating the story. Since "OMG" is so ubiquitous today, many parents might have no trouble with it, but there are still those of us who think that it is simply unconscionable for writers of children's books to use profanity, and that's exactly what it is-taking the Lord's name in vain. Otherwise, it is an eminently readable book that has the added benefit, according to Sgt. Clint Bassett of the Las Vegas Metro Search and Rescue, of being "a good story to get across a few important tips on survival education."
Guest More than 1 year ago
a great book that made me keep reading.i felt terrible for the two boys and was crossing my fingers everything would be alright. i reccommend this book for people who love realistic stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times, and it is just as interesting each time. This book is awesome, very detailed, and so realistic. If you like adventure stories about kids, you will love this one!~