- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (July 4 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544970101
- ISBN-13: 978-0544970106
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #464,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Overboard! Hardcover – Jul 4 2017
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This short, promising series opener contains plenty to inspire young readers while they await Vol. 2: Avalanche!"
About the Author
Terry Lynn Johnson, author of ICE DOGS and the SURVIVOR DIARIES series, lives in Whitefish Falls, Ontario where for ten years she owned a team of eighteen Alaskan Huskies. Visit Terry at terrylynnjohnson.com and on Twitter at @TerryLynnJ.
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I have been a fan of Terry Lynn Johnson since reading her previous books Ice Dogs and Dogsled Dreams. She loves the outdoors, adventure and nature which shows in her writing. Overboard is not just an adventure story but a learning experience at the same time, with survival tips and the dangers of the outdoors, appealing to both boys and girls.
The day begins peacefully for 11-year-old Travis when his family takes a whale watching excursion off the coast of Washington. A rogue wave capsizes the boat separating the family. Along with 12-year-old Marina the two struggle to survive. They learn how strong they really are when that is the only direction they can go. Taken from real life situations this is a great adventure story of courage, survival and determination.
"I never thought I could do that. I did it when I wasn't busy thinking I couldn't. I just did it. Seemed to me, the thing about surviving something is believing you can."
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Her gramps was impressed that the survival techniques were actually Coast Guard approved. This looks like a good start to the proposed survival series. At least one little girl thinks so. She actually did a book report on it - DURING SUMMER VACATION! This is attached.
Okay, I have an 11 year old grandson who is quite bright and well into all kinds of projects, plans, etc.; constantly building this or disassembling that. But he, quite simply, does not like to rea much, at least in the area of what many consider kid's reading (S-F, adventure, books about people called Potter or by people called Snickett, etc.)
The one series he HAS found enthralling, and of which he misses not a one, is the aforementioned Survivor, which, beyond their stories, teaches him HOW TO DO THINGS, even when those things are unlikely to occur in his own life.
So I was hopeful that this new series might do the same
And, boy howdie, does it ever!
He found this first book in the Survivor Diaries even better written (well, I say it's "better written" he just didn't put it down and kept telling me what was happening at any given moment)
Even though we live in Florida, I'm guessing the odds of his having to survive in the middle of ANY ocean, let alone an icy one, are slim, but many of the life/survival lessons ARE valid anywhere
Moreover, he is READING it... and that's a REAL survival mechanism
I would highly recommend it for older children and parents as well.
The appeal of this book, for children, will lie in its dramatic story of children and survival, and in its captivating drawings.
But there is much more to the book than the story line.
Here children will learn how disaster can come suddenly and without warning, and how to survive, in this case, on the open sea, and stranded on an island. They will learn about the affinity we can have with animals, that we can conquer our fears, and that as human beings, we must look out for each other. Also, very subtly, that we cannot assume that sensational news stories are always completely factual.
The story itself made my heart race, and I think children who read it will find it to do the same, in a healthy way.
There is no violence here, no undue raising of fear, just a wholesome tale of survival.
There are one or two parts of the story that would be unlikely to happen in such a timely manner, but that's not the point.
Though it is in ways a handbook for survival, it is also simply an exciting adventure story.
The cold-water survival techniques in the book are well researched, and are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. The author herself has many credentials to her name, including seventeen years experience as a conservation officer working in harsh environments. She has trained with the Canadian Coast Guard.
Most importantly, she has written a useful and well-thought-out book that children will enjoy reading.
Kudos to the illustrator, Jani Orban, as well. Her drawings are like the frosting on the cake of the narration.
This book is the first in a series that will include other Survivor Diaries in coming years.