Since his girlfriend dumped him, Jayden has been avoiding school, and life in general. When his eccentric uncle Mel invites him to help with his biology research at an Australian university, he figures he has nothing to lose. Unfortunately, this means an expedition into the scorching desert heat of the Australian outback…with the increasingly paranoid Mel and an unfriendly biology student named Natalie. Then disaster strikes… and Jayden and Nat find themselves many miles from Civilization, with no vehicle, no means of communication and a limited supply of water, fighting for their survival.
About the Author
Robin Stevenson is the author of ten books for children and young adults. Robin has also worked as a social worker, counselor and university instructor. She enjoys reading, traveling, visiting schools and talking to people of all ages about books and writing. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.
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And then we watch helplessly as the jeep burns. Flames leap from the driver's window and lick at the door frame, red tongues reaching into the black smoke. A wall of heat pushes toward us.
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Outback based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
After his girlfriend dumped him, Jayden has checked out--of school, of his relationship with his friends and his mom. A chance to visit his uncle Mel in Australia doesn't excite him but Jay goes along as it will be something to help him forget about his now-over romance. Mel is a biologist hoping to find a new species of lizard and when he takes his research assistant, Natalie, and Jay into the desert, things get interesting. They get stuck in a very isolated area of the desert with no phone, little food and water, and one of the three goes missing. Are two other biologists trying to find the elusive (possibly) new species, and is Nat secretly telling them what Mel is doin? Part of the Orca Soundings hi-lo series, this has enough adventure to keep reluctant teens reading to the end. A short survival story that is a cautionary tale about following your dreams but not stepping back to see the big picture.