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Survivor Girl



by
Erin Teagan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Clarion
ISBN
9780544636217
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12-year-old Ali adores her reality-show celebrity father, Survivor Guy, and hopes to follow in his footsteps. But when he invites her on location, Ali is sure she won’t survive one episode . . . until she learns the truth: The show isn't just her dad and a camera. It’s a huge crew and set, with stunt doubles! When a wildfire strikes and Ali and two other kids miss the last rescue helicopter, suddenly, the fight for survival is real. Will she find the self-confidence she needs so they can work together and get out of the wilderness alive?

STEM themes and plot strands about body image and divorce are subtly woven into this page-turning tale.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

[Fic]

AR

4.6: points 9

Lexile

HL710L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

15

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Reality television programs. Production and direction of television programs. Survival. Self-confidence. Divorce.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

Twelve-year-old Ali is excited to join her older brother Jake on the set of their father’s Survivor Guy reality show (even though a last-minute change means the location is the hot, humid, bug-infested Great Dismal Swamp), but she quickly learns that the show owes more to stunt doubles and camera angles than actual wilderness skills. Ali struggles with her emotions as the script assigns her an unfavorable role (incompetent daughter in need of rescue); as she discovers how naive she has been about her father’s work; and as she realizes her father has a better relationship with five-year-old Isabel, daughter of the show’s medic, than he does with her. When a wildfire threatens the set, the cast and crew evacuate, but Ali, Isabel, and intern Adam are left behind, giving Ali the opportunity to put her real survival skills to work. She emerges from the woods with a better understanding of her family relationships and a more realistic perspective on life. Despite the natural-disaster dramatics, the story as a whole is down-to-earth, focusing on Ali’s emotions and the challenges of divorce, changing friendships, and growing maturity. Teagan’s characters are well defined and well rounded, with even Ali’s self-centered father given redeeming aspects. The action sequences fit smoothly with the scenes of emotional growth, and the resolution is satisfying.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Twelve-year-old Ali is excited to join her older brother Jake on the set of their father’s Survivor Guy reality show (even though a last-minute change means the location is the hot, humid, bug-infested Great Dismal Swamp), but she quickly learns that the show owes more to stunt doubles and camera angles than actual wilderness skills. Ali struggles with her emotions as the script assigns her an unfavorable role (incompetent daughter in need of rescue); as she discovers how naive she has been about her father’s work; and as she realizes her father has a better relationship with five-year-old Isabel, daughter of the show’s medic, than he does with her. When a wildfire threatens the set, the cast and crew evacuate, but Ali, Isabel, and intern Adam are left behind, giving Ali the opportunity to put her real survival skills to work. She emerges from the woods with a better understanding of her family relationships and a more realistic perspective on life. Despite the natural-disaster dramatics, the story as a whole is down-to-earth, focusing on Ali’s emotions and the challenges of divorce, changing friendships, and growing maturity. Teagan’s characters are well defined and well rounded, with even Ali’s self-centered father given redeeming aspects. The action sequences fit smoothly with the scenes of emotional growth, and the resolution is satisfying.

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