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Surviving Bear Island

By: Paul Greci

Disaster strikes while Tom and his father are kayaking in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, stranding Tom alone on a remote island with just a small emergency kit. Black-and-white map and illustrations.

ISBN: 9780985481094

JLG Release: Jun 2015


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Kayaking , Wilderness survival , Bears , Fathers and sons , Prince William Sound, Alaska , Death of a parent

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Awards & Honors

Middle Grade Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

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Junior Library Guild

  • A suspenseful tale of survival. Tension builds as additional details about Tom’s kayaking accident are slowly revealed in well-paced flashbacks and his situation becomes dire as months go by and colder weather approaches.
  • Tom is a strong protagonist. The first-person narrative is compelling, and Tom’s reflections on
    • A suspenseful tale of survival. Tension builds as additional details about Tom’s kayaking accident are slowly revealed in well-paced flashbacks and his situation becomes dire as months go by and colder weather approaches.
    • Tom is a strong protagonist. The first-person narrative is compelling, and Tom’s reflections on his relationship with his father and memories of his late mother add emotional complexity to the story.
    • Paul Greci writes with authority about Alaska’s Prince William Sound, capturing the beauty and brutality of the environment: “At the shore my stomach clenched when I saw the continuous white blanket in the high country. Snow had fallen and accumulated up there while it had rained at sea level. And the snow line was lower than I’d seen it. I hoped it wouldn’t get any lower, but I knew winter was closing in.”
    • The ending is satisfying, with a genuinely surprising yet believable reveal.

Book Details

ISBN

9780985481094

First Release

June 2015

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

192

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 9;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 16;

Lexile

Level 780L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Move

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Kayaking, Wilderness survival, Bears, Fathers and sons, Prince William Sound, Alaska, Death of a parent,

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