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Orca Soundings
Outback
By (author): Robin Stevenson
9781554694198 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories Australia Mar 01, 2011
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.4 in 136 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
TriState YA Review Group Book of Note 2012, Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2012, Commended CCBC Best Books 2012, Commended
In the unforgiving outback, one wrong step can mean death.

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, this means an expedition into the scorching desert heat of the Australian outback...with the increasingly paranoid Mel and an unfriendly biology student named Natalie. Then disaster strikes, and Jayden and Nat find themselves many miles from civilization fighting for their survival.

Also available in Spanish.

Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens, including The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

"Compliments to Stevenson who has succeeded in giving readers a vivid picture...A successful, fast-paced adventure story. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Well-written and intriguing, I read Outback in one sitting. The characters are very well-developed for such a short novel, and I found myself rooting for them at every turn...A fast-paced and enjoyable read for all, but I would definitely recommend this novel for reluctant readers or low level readers." - Resource Links

"This fast-paced story gives enough descriptive detail to the give the reader a real feel for the scenery…Reluctant readers will gobble it up." - Tri-State YA Book Review Committee

"Though short and straightforwardly told, the characters and plot are engaging and it should be a hit with the Hi/Low audience." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"There's...drama and excitement [in this] survival tale." - The Horn Book Guide

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