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Stranded (Stranded #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  2,193 Ratings  ·  380 Reviews
From the Emmy-Award winning host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, with Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life co-author, Chris Tebbetts, comes a brand new family adventure series!

A family vacation becomes a game 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 shipwre

ebook, 192 pages
Published February 7th 2013 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
Feb 12, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kaleena Melotti
Mar 21, 2013 Kaleena Melotti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
C.C. Thomas
Sep 22, 2013 C.C. Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristi Bernard
May 27, 2013 Kristi Bernard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2013 Emma Van rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 14, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
I was so excited to read this novel, I had heard so many things about it and most of the reviews about it were great yet after I read it, I was disappointed. Let me start off first by saying what I liked about the novel. I liked that it was short and that will appeal to many children who don’t like to read. The cover is fantastic too and people will be attracted to the book because of that. I liked the diversity among the children; they each had something to offer to the story and made them uniq ...more
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.
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!!
Dominic Wendel
Dec 16, 2013 Dominic Wendel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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,
Jenny Rose
Jun 23, 2014 Jenny Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ;)
Nov 01, 2015 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of the TV show Survivor, having not missed a single episode of the 29 (so far) seasons. Jeff Probst does an excellent job as the show's host. He certainly knows first hand what skills are needed to survive on an island for a number of days, weeks, or months. Skills like being able to find a food and water source, build a fire, and put together a safe and dry shelter. But can he translate that knowledge into an interesting and exciting middle grade adventure novel? I'm not so sure a ...more
Cathy Field
Stranded is the first of three books in a survival series written by Jeff Probst. This action-packed book is written for intermediate grade levels. In the story, Carter and Jane’s mother marries Buzz and Vanessa’s father. The kids are sent on a week-long ocean trip with Uncle Dexter and his first mate so the kids could get to know each other better when their parents go on their honeymoon. A terrible storm washes Dexter and Joe out to sea on the life raft and leaves the children alone on a sinki ...more
Harry K
Apr 09, 2015 Harry K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book Stranded, by Jeff Probst, was very good. The book kept me interested the entire time. If I was in this situation, I would definitely not be able to survive. The writing in this book was very powerful, because it made me feel like I was the one surviving. One weakness in the book is that you have to read all of the books in the series to find out if they survive. One strength of the book is that every single detail helps them survive another day. I would recommend this book to ...more
Lori Z
Jul 07, 2015 Lori Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
Engaging read for kids with suspense and danger.
Tried to read this for read a book a day but didn't accomplish that goal. This is a middle grade book. An uncle takes his nieces and nephews on a boat ride but a massive storm comes. 4 kids ages 9 to 13 are shipwrecked and have to learn how to survive.
Jason Parent
This story is simple, well written and paced well, but it just didn't thrill me. I liked it, but didn't love it. But you very well may - I may not quite be this book's target audience. The shipwreck scene - not a spoiler given the synopsis - is gripping and entrancing. But be forewarned: the Part 1 means just that. Do not expect this part to have an ending.
Dennis Counard
The book Stranded is about teens that go on a sailing trip and are in the middle of an ocean. In the middle of the night they hit bottom and the boat starts to take on water. The teens try to fight the water back, but the water is coming in to fast so they have to make a decision. They can either sit on the boat and go down with it or they can jump off and swim for the small island in the distance, they choose the island. They barely make it to the island when they do they are surprised to see t ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Liam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was great. I had tried it before but I didn't like it so I tried it again and this time it was great. My favorite character was Carter because everybody always made fun of him but every time somebody asked him to do something he came through and always succeeded. I didn't like Buzz because all he did was throw up and get sick. I thought the detail about the action was great because it put all the little details to make it better and it certainly did make it better. When ...more
May 10, 2016 Niko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survivor

This book is about 4 kids named Carter, Vanessa, Buzz and Jane who were on a family vacation on their boat and then a storm hits and hits there ship and leaves them stranded on a Island. These kids also argued but once they realized they were on an Island alone they knew that they would have to work together to survive.

I liked this book because of the author Jeff Probst, who has a show called survivor which I love. I also loved how they were stuck on a island and survived without any guidance
Oct 25, 2016 Skyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Is that a storm?" Jane asked, as she pointed at the large red mass on the laptop screen. Carter is an athletic, brave, young boy who is getting used to his new family. Carter and Jane’s mom married Vanessa and Buzz’s dad and are sent on a boat to bond together. Carter thinks that Vanessa is a bossy know it all and that Buzz is an overweight couch potato. Jane is his little sister who is a genius for her age. Vanessa likes to be in charge, but Carter and her don’t get along well. The new family ...more
Sep 28, 2016 Cliftonc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It starts of with four kids Buzz, Carter, Vanessa,and Jane and they are all on a sailing trip with thier uncle Dex and one of his sailing friends joe. They are sailing and the skys are bright and the waves are calm. Then one day a massive storm came and Dex couldn't control the boat, so they hit a rock and the boat started sinking. Dex and Joe were getting the life raft ready for the kids and they jumped in then they got swallowed by the waves. The kids tryed to stear the boat and they got knock ...more
Survival, adventure, plot driven, blended families, cliffhanger ending

4 kids whose parents recently married (2 and 2) take a sailing trip with their uncle and dire conditions ensue.
Lenox Cummings
Oct 12, 2016 Lenox Cummings rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book it has adventure and suspense. I think many people would like this book.
Spencer Deschamps
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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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“sound of it. Everything was more echoey here, including the falls, which were somewhere off to the side. In front of them, in the camera’s light, Carter could see the edge of a pond or a pool of some kind. It was impossible to know how big it was, but it was feeding the stream they’d followed inside.” 1 likes
“They’d just come into a much bigger space, from the sound of it. Everything was more echoey here, including the falls, which were somewhere off to the side. In front of them, in the camera’s light, Carter could see the edge of a pond or a pool of some kind. It was impossible to know how big it was, but it was feeding the stream they’d followed inside.” 0 likes
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