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A New York Times Bestseller!As seen on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and Kelly and Michael.From the Emmy-Award winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life...
A New York Times Bestseller!As seen on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and Kelly and Michael.From the Emmy-Award winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life...
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  • A New York Times Bestseller!
    As seen on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, and Kelly and Michael.
    From the Emmy-Award winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life co-author, Chris Tebbetts, comes a brand new family adventure series!
    A family vacation becomes a game of survival!
    It was supposed to be a vacation—and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive?
    A week ago, the biggest challenge Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane had was learning to live as a new blended family. Now the four siblings must find a way to work as a team if they're going to make it off the island. They're all in this adventure together—but first they've got to learn to survive one another.

    Books in the original Stranded series:
    Stranded (Book 1)
    Trial By Fire (Book 2)
    Survivors (Book 3)
    Books in the Stranded, Shadow Island series
    Forbidden Passage (Book 4)
    Sabotage (Book 5)
    Desperate Measures (Book 6)
    From the Trade Paperback edition.


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    "What just happened?" Carter shouted.

    "Did we hit some rocks?" Buzz asked.

    "Dad!" Vanessa shouted. "Dad? Can you hear me?" She started scrambling through the pile of debris on the floor, but she couldn't find the phone anywhere.

    Instead, her hand landed in cold water. It was soaking the carpet, Vanessa realized. When she looked to her right, she saw it was also pouring in from under the small engine-compartment door.

    At the same moment, Joe came barreling down the galley steps.

    "What are you doing?" Vanessa asked. "Joe, where's Dex? There's water coming in!"

    But Joe wasn't listening. He was holding the sideband radio transmitter with one hand and adjusting a dial on the console with the other.

    "SOS, SOS, this is the Lucky Star," Joe said into the handset. "SOS, SOS, this is the Lucky Star, do you copy?"

    Whatever was said next, Vanessa didn't hear. It was swallowed up by a brilliant flash of lightning and a crash of thunder too overwhelming to be anywhere but right on top of them.

    In the next moment, the entire cabin was thrown into darkness.

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    Book 2: THE SABOTAGE


    It was day four at sea, and as far as eleven-year-old Carter Benson was concerned, life didn't get any better than this.

    From where he hung, suspended fifty feet over the deck of the Lucky Star, all he could see was a planet's worth of blue water. The boat's huge white mainsail ballooned in front of him, filled with a stiff southerly wind that sent them scudding through the South Pacific faster than they'd sailed all week.

    This was the best part of the best thing Carter had ever done, no question. It was like sailing and flying at the same time. The harness around his middle held him in place while his arms and legs hung free. The air itself seemed to carry him along, at speed with the boat.

    "How you doin' up there, Carter?" Uncle Dexter shouted from the cockpit.

    Carter flashed a thumbs-up and pumped his fist. "Faster!" he shouted back. Even with the wind whipping in his ears, Dex's huge belly laugh came back, loud and clear.

    Meanwhile, Carter had a job to do. He wound the safety line from his harness in a figure eight around the cleat on the mast to secure himself. Then he reached over and unscrewed the navigation lamp he'd come up here to replace.

    As soon as he'd pocketed the old lamp in his rain slicker, he pulled out the new one and fitted it into the fixture, making sure not to let go before he'd tightened it down. Carter had changed plenty of lightbulbs before, but never like this. If anything, it was all too easy and over too fast.

    When he was done, he unwound his safety line and gave a hand signal to Dex's first mate, Joe Kahali, down below. Joe put both hands on the winch at the base of the mast and started cranking Carter back down to the deck.

    "Good job, Carter," Joe said, slapping him on the back as he got there. Carter swelled with pride and adrenaline. Normally, replacing the bulb would have been Joe's job, but Dex trusted him to take care of it.

    Now Joe jerked a thumb over his shoulder. "Your uncle wants to talk to you," he said.

    Carter stepped out of the harness and stowed it in its locker, just like Dex and Joe had trained him to do. Once that was done, he clipped the D-ring on his life jacket to the safety cable that ran the length of the deck and headed toward the back.

    It wasn't easy to keep his footing as the Lucky Star pitched and rolled over the waves,...


  • DOGO Books 10aa - my teacher read this to me i like this because it eas a mystery kind of book they were on the beach for summer and there was 5 min wave and uncle was trying to save kids...comment and recommend me please..........
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 18, 2013
    When a five-day boat expedition off Hawaii hits an unexpected storm, new stepsiblings Vanessa (13), eleven-year-olds Buzz and Carter, and Jane (9) struggle to stay on course. When they are forced to abandon ship, the kids' uncle and the boat's first mate get aboard the life raft, but the boat is torn away with the four children still inside. They end up stranded on an uncharted island and have to learn to work together. The narration shifts between the perspectives of each of the kids as the true nature of their circumstances become clear and tasks like finding water turn into a struggle for survival. Each character brings a different strength to the table; some are obvious like Carter's knowledge of the outdoors, while others, like the tips couch potato Buzz has gleaned from reality TV (a nod to Survivor, the show hosted by Probst), are revealed with more subtlety. Little distinguishes the voice of one character from another, but the high stakes and novel environment should ensure rapid page-turning. A sequel, Trial by Fire, is due in June. Ages 8–up.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2013

    Gr 4-7-In this exciting survival novel, four kids from a recently blended family are sent sailing to get to know one another better. When a sudden storm front moves in, the boat runs into a rocky shoal and starts taking on water. The children's uncle, the captain, prepares a life raft with his first mate, but the two of them and the raft disappear before the kids can get on. The ship runs aground on an unknown island. Now stranded in the South Pacific, the children must find a way to contact the coast guard and survive. During their adventure, they learn to cross deadly cliffs, go spelunking, and try to keep from being swept out to sea in raging water. The nautical terms and descriptions with little contextual clues are confusing for the first part of the book, but once the children get stranded on the island, the story begins to move at an exceedingly fast and exciting pace. While the plot delivers, the character development is lacking. The youngsters represent different stereotypes and rarely step outside their roles: the thinker, the technology guru, the stubborn athlete, and the problem-solving geek with untapped leadership potential. Readers should be able to identify with at least one character, but the lack of dynamic growth limits the audience to fans of adventure/survival books.-Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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