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Distress Signal



by
Mary E. Lambert

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Scholastic Press
ISBN
9781338607444
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Lavender's class is on a field trip in the desert of Chiricahua National Park, hiking down a ravine, when a flash flood strikes!

As the water hurtles down the ravine, everyone sprints for safety. Lavender runs in the opposite direction as the rest of her class and scrambles up a tree while the torrential river rages by.

When the waters finally recede, Lavender finds herself stranded in the brutal heat of the desert with only her ex-best friend Marisol, mean-girl Rachelle, and a boy named John. They are shaken, disoriented, and have just one pack of supplies and the most basic wilderness knowledge. Can they find their way back to safety? They will have to learn to work together in spite of their differences—if they want to survive.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

4.9: points 7

Lexile

700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Feb 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Thriller

Topics

School field trips. Camping. Desert survival. Wilderness survival. Floods. Friendship. Chiricahua National Monument. Arizona.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Lavender has been looking forward to the sixth grade field trip to Chiricahua National Park in Arizona. The class will go on hikes and stargaze with the newly purchased class telescope. Plus, she’ll get three days of hanging out with her best friend, Marisol. However, nothing is going to plan; Marisol is ignoring her and spending time with mean girl Rachelle. When the class accidently goes off trail, Lavender decides to prank Rachelle so Marisol will see Rachelle’s true colors. Then she hears a flash flood warning on her ham radio, and while the rest of her class escapes, Lavender, Rachelle, Marisol, and fellow student John get separated from the group. With no signal to call for help, limited water, and no maps, the students must work together to survive, while overcoming their friendship drama. The story is easy to read with a straightforward plot, and Lambert skillfully hooks readers with compelling ­chapter ­endings. The friend drama among the three girls is authentic for their ages, but some readers may find the meanness once they are in a survival situation, unrealistic. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed Rebecca Behrens’s The Disaster Days or Watt Key’s Deep Water will enjoy Lambert’s blend of survival themes, focus on teamwork, and friendship drama in her fast-paced plot. Fans of Dusti Bowling’s The Canyon’s Edge will also find the similar wilderness and ­survival themes intriguing.–Kaetlyn ­Phillips, Yorkton, Sask.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Lavender has been looking forward to the sixth grade field trip to Chiricahua National Park in Arizona. The class will go on hikes and stargaze with the newly purchased class telescope. Plus, she’ll get three days of hanging out with her best friend, Marisol. However, nothing is going to plan; Marisol is ignoring her and spending time with mean girl Rachelle. When the class accidently goes off trail, Lavender decides to prank Rachelle so Marisol will see Rachelle’s true colors. Then she hears a flash flood warning on her ham radio, and while the rest of her class escapes, Lavender, Rachelle, Marisol, and fellow student John get separated from the group. With no signal to call for help, limited water, and no maps, the students must work together to survive, while overcoming their friendship drama. The story is easy to read with a straightforward plot, and Lambert skillfully hooks readers with compelling ­chapter ­endings. The friend drama among the three girls is authentic for their ages, but some readers may find the meanness once they are in a survival situation, unrealistic. VERDICT Readers who enjoyed Rebecca Behrens’s The Disaster Days or Watt Key’s Deep Water will enjoy Lambert’s blend of survival themes, focus on teamwork, and friendship drama in her fast-paced plot. Fans of Dusti Bowling’s The Canyon’s Edge will also find the similar wilderness and ­survival themes intriguing.–Kaetlyn ­Phillips, Yorkton, Sask.

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