Friday, January 4, 2019

Avalanche! by Terry Lynn Johnson -- ESSENTIAL

Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson, 104 pgs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. $10.

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some peril and injuries due to the avalanche, but kept pretty clean).

BUYING ADVISORY: EL, HS – ESSENTIAL 

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

Twelve-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan are caught in an avalanche in the Grand Teton Mountains. Surviving the weight of the cascading snow is just the beginning, though. They must overcome separation, hypothermia, frostbite, wild animals, and serious injuries. Can the twins make it back to civilization, or will the mountain conquer them once and for all?

I couldn't put this book down. The action is fast-paced, and Ashley makes a compelling hero, both empathetic and endearingly flawed. Author Terry Lynn Johnson is a survival expert with years of experience in the wilderness, and it shows in her details, which set the scene well and added extra layers to the feeling of peril. This would be perfect for fans of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen or the the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis.

Reviewed by Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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