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August 30, 2009

Climb or Die A Test of Survival

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Climb or Die: A Test of Survival

Author: Edward Myers

Page Length: 180

Reading Level: 5

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Danielle and Jake have just moved with their family to Colorado. Danielle, the star athlete in the family, has just finished survival training. Jake, her younger brother, always feels like the disappointment in the family. On a family trip to their cabin, a deadly snowstorm occurs. Their car is swept off the road, and their parents are injured. With little fuel, only a small amount of food left, and parents in desperate need of medical attention, Danielle and Jake are the only hope. Do they have what it takes to survive in this weather? Will they be able to seek help in time?

REVIEW: The story was entertaining and the conflicts and emotions between the siblings was an interesting addition to the story line and will be an connection point for teens who struggle in their relationships with their own siblings. The story is suspenseful as the reader turns page after page to discover whether or not the kids can really save the day. On that note – their ability to survive a blizzard with little training and to climb a mountain with crude tools seems a little far-fetched. The story was interesting and suspenseful – just a little hard to believe.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: sequence of events, compare and contrast, character traits, timeline

RELATED BOOKS: Duck and Cover, Survival of the Fittest, Hostage, Secrets of the Rain Forest, Danger in the Desert, Adrift

MUSIC CONNECTIONS: Destiny’s Child – Survivor, Christina Aguilera – Fighter

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.edwardmyers.com/

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-should-i-do-to-survive-a-blizzard.htm

http://www.ehow.com/how_2043888_survive-blizzard.html

REVIEWED BY:  Dayna Taylor

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