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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Since his girlfriend dumped him, Jayden has been avoiding school-and life in general. When his eccentric uncle Mel invites him to help with his biology research at an Australian university, he figures he has nothing to lose. Once he arrives, he discovers Mel is obsessed with finding a new species of lizard and is determined to be the first to discover it. Unfortunately, th ...more
Paperback, 131 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Orca Book Publishers
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After his girlfriend dumped him, Jayden has checked out--of school, of his relationship with his friends and his mom. A chance to visit his uncle Mel in Australia doesn't excite him but Jay goes along as it will be something to help him forget about his now-over romance. Mel is a biologist hoping to find a new species of lizard and when he takes his research assistant, Natalie, and Jay into the desert, things get interesting. They get stuck in a very isolated area of the desert with no phone, li ...more
In my opinion, too brief to cause any feels. Not much space for character development or for me as a reader to connect enough to really care. They get placed in a dangerous situation, but it lasts only a few days and we don't really learn anything. At all.

Very meh. Not exciting. Not worth the time even though it it can be read in one sitting.
The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is it is really 3 short stories about 3 generations of the same family put together. It is a good read but I wish the gaps in time between the first and the second parts would have been covered.
Many thanks to Mike M. for reading and reviewing this for PSLA 2012!
Jayden’s been in the dumps since his girlfriend broke up with him. Jayden's mom sends him to Australia to see his uncle Mel for the summer. In the airport he is met by Natalia. Uncle Mel takes them on an expedition to Lake Disappointment to find a new species of lizard. Their vehicle catches fire and they don't have any way to get back. Disaster continues to strike and they are left with nothing. Will these two people who don't
This was a quick read from Orca's Soundings series. Due to the shortness of the story, there was not a lot of time for character development. I liked the setting, and the idea of having to survie. Like Gary Paulsen's Brian series, the idea of having to survive in a wilderness is fun to read about. Hopefully I will be able to find an audience for htis book.
I can up my number of books read if I just continue to accidentally read really short books. No idea this book was so brief! This was fine and enjoyable; brevity was actually its key problem. Not much of a survival story, really!
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This was pretty good. It was a survivalist theme. Three people go into the outback in the middle of summer (ill advised) to find a new unidentified reptile. Disaster strikes almost immediately and they need to figure out how to suvive.
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Robin Stevenson is an award winning author of numerous novels for teens and children. Her books include the Silver Birch Award winner, Record Breaker, and the Governor General's Award finalist, A Thousand Shades of Blue. Her newest young adult novel, The World Without Us, will be released in February 2015. Robin lives on the west coast of Canada, with her partner and son.
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