After Jonathan's mother breaks her ankle on a family camping trip, Jonathan and his younger sister Abby are left alone on a deserted island. Then a devastating earthquake hits -- and suddenly, Jonathan and Abby are fighting for their lives. Fast-paced and frighteningly believable, this is a sure bet for fans of wilderness adventures and thrillers alike.
"Tight and involving". -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The tautly written story sustains the suspense without ever becoming melodramatic". -- School Library Journal
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Peg Kehret's novels for children, which usually contain both humor and suspense, are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Before she began writing books for children, she published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. Kehret is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.
Charles Carroll is an actor and voice-over artist residing in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He is an avid film buff and stays active in the local film community.From Booklist:
Gr. 4^-7. Prolific author Kehret has a well-deserved reputation for writing good, solid thrillers for middle-graders. Even if the premise is a bit shaky (would parents really leave their children alone on a remote island?) and the ending disappoints just a bit, her latest is no exception. It pits a resourceful 12-year-old against the elements and has him come out on top. Jonathan doesn't think that taking care of his disabled 6-year-old sister, Abby, while his father rushes his mother to a hospital for a broken ankle will be too problematic--until nature intervenes. An earthquake rocks the tiny island where the children are staying, destroying the bridge to the mainland as well as the family's supplies and Abby's walker. Even more frightening is Jonathan's discovery that the quake has caused a nearby river to change its course: water is now rapidly flooding the tiny island. It will be a rare thriller fan who won't want to see what happens. Stephanie Zvirin
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Book Description HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0153143932
Book Description HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0153143932
Book Description HARCOURT SCHOOL PUBLISHERS, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110153143932