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96 Miles

By: J.L. Esplin

Dad always said if things get desperate, it’s okay to drink the water in the toilet. I never thought it would come to that. I thought I’d sooner die than let one drop of toilet water touch my lips. Yet here I am, kneeling before a porcelain throne, holding a tin mug for scooping in one hand, and my half-gallon canteen in the other.

The Lockwood brothers are supposed to be able to survive anything. Their dad, a hardcore believer in self-reliance, has stockpiled enough food and water at their isolated Nevada home to last for months. But when they are robbed of all their supplies during a massive blackout while their dad is out of town, John and Stew must walk 96 miles in the stark desert sun to get help. Along the way, they’re forced to question their dad’s insistence on self-reliance and ask just what it is that we owe to our neighbors, our kin, and to ourselves.

From talented newcomer J. L. Esplin comes this story of survival and determination as two young brothers confront the unpredictability of human nature in the face of desperate circumstances.

Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781250192301

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Violence: General
Topics: Survival , Brothers , Diabetes , Electric power failures , Nevada , Friendship

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Readers who enjoy realistic survival stories will not be able to put down Esplin’s debut. An adventurous account of two brothers’ 96 mile journey to find help in a post-blackout Nevada desert. A perfect storm of events leads John and Stew to be left home alone during the worst blackout the country has ever known. No one knows what caused it, bu Readers who enjoy realistic survival stories will not be able to put down Esplin’s debut. An adventurous account of two brothers’ 96 mile journey to find help in a post-blackout Nevada desert. A perfect storm of events leads John and Stew to be left home alone during the worst blackout the country has ever known. No one knows what caused it, but the Lockwood brothers thought they had everything they needed to survive. When strangers come and steal their supplies, the brothers are forced to trek to a ranch they know will help them. Filled with survival techniques, danger, and overcoming realistic obstacles, this story will have readers turning pages. A great choice for lovers of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or Roland Smith’s Peak. Survivalists, campers, and scouts will love the authentic techniques the boys use to survive alone in the desert. Esplin paints a comprehensive representation of what a trek like this would be like for middle school readers. Rough and rugged, this story will have readers eagerly awaiting what’s next for John and Stew. A great addition to any middle or high school collection where survival books circulate well.

Book Details

ISBN

9781250192301

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/3"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Tor/Starscape

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: General

Topics

Survival, Brothers, Diabetes, Electric power failures, Nevada, Friendship,

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