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Stranded (Stranded #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,109 ratings  ·  219 reviews
A family vacation becomes
A Test of Survival!

It was supposed to be a vacation - and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves. Can they make it home alive?

A week ago, the

Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Puffin Books
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C.C. Thomas
I was fully set to dislike this, but.......I found myself really liking it! I would definitely recommend it for its target audience-adolescents. While the book is probably mostly written by Tebbetts, I felt as if the voice of Jeff Probst came though loud and clear-a very direct, no-nonsense style.

Four young people (and brand new step-siblings) are off on a sailing adventure with their uncle. But, of course, nothing goes as planned. A huge storm cripples the boat; the uncle is swept overboard; an...more
Kristi Bernard
Carter and Jane's mother had recently married Vanessa and Buzz's father. Uncle Dexter decided to take the kids out to sea on a sailing adventure so the honeymooners could hike at Volcanoes National Park and enjoy the beaches of Hawaii. The new siblings were supposed to bond ideally on a small boat out in the middle of nowhere, but it wasn't going so great and the weather was getting serious. The boat rocked and tilted, it was time to call in an SOS, especially since water was coming in through t...more
Emma Van
This book was extremely boring. I'm surprised I managed to pull myself through the dreadful plot and characters. While extremely short this book didn't describe the setting. Also, the characters had horrible traits. For example, there was one inactive chubby boy, a 9 year old thats obsessed with video taping for school, a arrogant sporty boy and the dullest and the oldest, Vanessa. I feel that the author tried to get them stranded as quickly as possible so he didn't have to use a lot of descript...more
Jenny Rose
Kids go on a boat ride with an adult or two but in a storm the kids and adults are separated, leaving the kids shipwrecked on an island figuring out how to survive and return to civilization. A blended family faces trauma that forces them into teamwork. These plots have been used before, but I think because Jeff Probst is the host of Survivor, he adds a better reality flavor.

Carter and Jane's mom has just married Vanessa and Buzz's dad. Carter and Jane's Uncle Dexter and first mate Joe take the...more
If you're like my mom and me, then you took a look at this cover and went, "Jeff Probst? Like Survivor?" Yes, the host of Survivor has written a middle grade book with the help of Chris Tebbetts. Unsurprisingly, it involves people stuck on an island.

Vanessa and Buzz Diaz's father married Carter and Jane Benson's mother, making them all siblings. As a gift, their Uncle Dexter offered to take the kids on a cruise during the honeymoon, giving them time to bond. While Buzz and Carter are the same ag...more
Since I read the Lord of Flies in High School, I have been fascinated with books on kids stranded on islands. The idea of a book written by Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor, tickled my funny bone since that show is so cutthroat. Stranded is the first of three books. In the first books we are introduced to four children, two boys and two girls that are now part of a blended family. Along with Uncle Dexter and a deckhand named Joe. Of course a major storm occurs, separating the two men from the k...more
Kaleena Melotti
Jeff Probst (yes, *that* Jeff Probst) has written a middle grade survival novel with the help of Chris Tebbetts. I love Survivor and had high expectations for this book. I was not disappointed!

Stranded follows four kids of a newly blended family, Vanessa and Buzz Diaz and Carter and Jane Benson, as they set sail with their uncle Dex and his first mate, Joe, aboard the Lucky Sail toward Hawaii to meet up with their mother and father who are on their honeymoon. It's a chance to vacation and get to...more
Sue Kelso
I have to give a book talk at our meeting tomorrow. I grabbed this one cuz I knew I could read it in about an hour and there are enough Survivor fans at work, that they might find that Jeff Probst wrote a book somewhat interesting.

I have the feeling that he did the outline, the research and the co-author probably did most of the writing.

Anyway..2 adults get married. They both have a son and a daughter. The 4 kids go sailing with Uncle Dex while mom and dad have a honeymoon. A storm comes up. Th...more
"It was day four at sea, and as far as eleven-year-old Carter Benson was concerned, life didn't get any better than this."
Stranded is written by Jeff Probst, the host of TV's Survivor. Who better to write a story about a family stranded on a deserted island, right? His coauthor is Chris Tebbetts who helped write the Middle School stories with James Patterson.

The story is fast paced and easy to read. Vanessa and Buzz's father married Carter and Jane's mother. While their parents are on their hone...more
Wayne S.
Carter Benson is eleven years old, and his sister Jane is nine. Benjamin, or “Buzz” Diaz is also eleven, and his sister Vanessa is thirteen. Carter and Jane’s mom Beth has recently married Vanessa and Buzz’s dad Eric, so the four have become brothers and sisters. While the parents celebrate their honeymoon in Hawaii, the kids are treated to a vacation trip in the South Pacific on the Lucky Star, the boat of their uncle, Dexter Kingson, to give them a chance to get to know each other better. Howe...more
The key issue in this story was that four children get stranded after a terrible storm occurs.
Vanessa:older sister protagonist
Buzz:spazzing younger brother
Carter: he isn't so excited about anything
Jane: step sister
The Antagonist of this story would be the storm and the island plus themselves.
What happens in the story is that the four children are put on a boat to set out on a trip for a couple of weeks so they could bond. A storm comes in and ruins that. The children get STRANDED (the title) o...more
Katie Kerns
This was an exciting survival story cowritten by the host of Survivor. The main characters Carter, Buzz, Jane, and Vanessa are members of a blended family who must rely on each other if they are going to survive being deserted on a island in the South Pacific. The story ends with a cliffhanger and I'm guessing the problem won't be resolved until the end of the third book in the trilogy. Definitely worth checking out for all you adventure lovers!!
Jill Wharton
The book is full of great, in-depth descriptions throughout the story. The storm is described in such detail that it is like you are watching it happen live. I loved the story up until the moment they actually got stranded. It seemed a bit rushed to the end. It still had a lot of adventure, but I knew with plenty of time left that I would have to read the sequels to find out what happens next.

It is obvious the Jeff Probst pulls from his "Survivor" expertise which makes it more authentic and pla...more
Perfect for 2nd thru 4th graders. You have to read all 3 books to complete the story. What's not to love Jeff Probst wrote it ;)
The book was written as a trilogy. This book should have been a stand alone book. As a trilogy it becomes short and choppy.Good read overall for the middle school set,
Dominic Wendel
Stranded is one of my favorite books I've read because the author keeps you coming back because f all of the suspense.My most liked character is Jane because shes the youngest of all but shes the smartest.When Carter and Jane get stuck in the tide of the ocean,that left me wondering if they were going to survive or not.
I'm not usually a fan of celebrity authors but I picked this one up on the advice of my amazing children's librarian and I'm glad I did. This will be a great series to recommend to those readers who enjoy survival stories and are often resistant to reading.
My daughter, who is 10, read this and loved it so she asked me to read it along with her. It's a great adventure story but now we can't wait to get to the next one to find out what happens to the kids!
Fun and exciting read with my 8 year old. She brought this home from the library all excited that Survivor was made into a book. Great for older elementary/middle grade kids who love adventure.
Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
Scholastic, 2013
176 pages
Recommended for grades 3-7

This series has been very popular among my fourth graders, and after reading it I can see why.
As the title and cover suggest, this story finds 4 siblings, from a blended family, stranded on an island. Kids love stories with no adults in them, it let's their imaginations run wild with a story. How would they react if they were one of the kids on the island? It's fun, and better written...more
Kathy Sandlin
I am a fan of Survivor so I was happy to see this on Emma's Sunshine State list this year. She picked this as one of the books to take on vacation. I took a quick glance at the back and decided to read it before she had a chance. Very happy I did. I enjoyed the book but decided might not be the best for her to read while we are vacationing on a sailboat!!! I am not giving away anything by saying that the kids crash in sailboat in the book. It goes into pretty specific details of the crash so nee...more
Stranded is about 4 kids whose parents recently married. An uncle takes them on a vacation on a small boat in the hopes they would all bond. There is a big storm and the uncle and four kids are separated. The four land on a small island. They face the challenges of finding water, salvaging their supplies, and determining where they actually are after looking at maps. Stranded is an action packed book with very relatable characters. Each character has their own personality and their unique talent...more
Fast pace action book great for reluctant readers or kids who like adventure books. It was written by the host of the TV show, "Survivor", with the help of Chris Tebbetts and it is about a group of young people stranded on an island after they are separated from their uncle in a storm at sea. The ship has changed directions several times so they are not sure of their location.

The characters have different skills and each are called upon to help out with their survival on the island. This is a p...more
I mostly enjoyed reading this story, though that seems to be the case for most stories i read. Nevertheless, I thought that it was an interesting idea to have a group of 4 kids, all in the same family, to be stranded on an island. It creates more interest towards the book, thinking "What could these kids possibly do to survive?" Then, while you're reading, you can't help but wonder what they could come up with to solve some other issues. I also like the idea that they don't always get along well...more
Andrew Liou
I liked the story because it made me think about how people are different and sometimes useful from what they learned from different things. For example, in the story everyone said "Buzz know a lot about surviving outside of home but he never went outside and only played video games. Carter was very athletic even though Vanessa was the oldest. Plus Vanessa was a good leader and very cautious," (Probst,154). This quote explains how someone can be useful even though they never had experience in do...more
I am a big fan of survival books. I just devour them. But if they aren't very good-things go slower. This wasn't as bad as it was when I started it. When I first started it, I didn't even know if it would get better-and I was only on chapter three! I'm happy though that now the four kids, Carter, Jane, Buzz, and Vanessa have to actually survive because of what they face on the last chapter of the book. [No spoiler provided…]
I am not going to add spoilers for this book, so I will not explain or...more
Mar 25, 2013 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young adventure fans
When my school hosted a Scholastic Book Faire and I saw there was a new adventure series written by Jeff Probst, host from the television show "Survivor," I was intrigued. I thought this would be a great addition to my classroom library and that my male students would have a book they could enjoy reading. I have now read the book and it's a great beginning to this planned trilogy.

While the book is geared towards readers in grades 4 to 6, I think it is perfectly good addition to my 7th & 8th...more
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As someone who only watched one season of Survivor (I'd rather be reading than watching TV) I didn't go into to this because of love for Jeff Probst. I was simply hoping for an exciting and engaging tale of survival. I felt like Stranded delivered for the most part, but I was a little underwhelmed.

As someone with a son in the age range this book is intended for, I'm always looking for something new and exciting for him to read. Do I think he would h...more
Vanessa, Buzz, Carter and Jane were supposed to be bonding on vacation. Their parents had just gotten married and they all had to learn to get along. So with their uncle and his friend they take off on a week-long boating trip. Then a storm comes. A much bigger storm then they are prepared for. The children end up shipwrecked, the adults are gone. This will surely test how well they are willing to work together, because if they don't they may not survive.

This was a fast and interesting read, but...more
KB Wayne
My nine year-old son was taken with this book and devoured it in forty-five minutes. He gave me an elaborate review (more like a reenactment), saying how exciting it was and that he couldn't wait to read the other two in the series.

So I read it, and while my review would have been three stars (I rated it on behalf of my son because, let's face it, HE'S the target audience) I'm still pleased with it. Yes, it is exciting, but what I liked most is that four kids (one nine year-old bright but thankf...more
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Jeff Probst is the multi-Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of the popular series "Survivor."

After years of young fans asking, "When are you going to do a Survivor for kids?" Jeff took his wife's advice and created a children's adventure series based on Survivor -- where the kids are the ones STRANDED.

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