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October 30, 2008

The Darwin Expedition

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The Darwin Expedition

Author: Diane Tullson

Page Length: 100

Reading Level: 2.5

Genre: Fiction, Action Adventure

PLOT SUMMARY: Tej and Liam are heading for a snowboarding holiday when an accident on the highway causes them to take a remote logging road as a detour. The road is not passable and the truck Tej is driving flips. The boys, now lost in the wilderness are not alone. They are being followed by a bear. They must use all their limited resources and their wits to stay alive.

REVIEW: I liked this book more than I expected to not really being an outdoors kind of girl myself. The boys face hunger, cold, dangerous terrain and of course the bear but are rescued in the end. They learn about themselves and each other in the process.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Cause and effect, character change over time, prediction

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: The tone of the book is tense with not much comic relief and the bear is scary.

RELATED BOOKS: Hatchet and other Gary Paulson books about survival

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.dianetullson.com

REVIEWED BY: Sherry Hall

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