Chris Tebbetts Goodreads Author. A family vacation becomes A Test of Survival! A week ago, the A family vacation becomes A Test of Survival! Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 7th by Puffin Books first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Nowhere Island, South Pacific. Other Editions 8. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 23, Jason Parent rated it liked it. 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. View all 3 comments. Mar 25, Liam rated it it was amazing. 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 I thought that this book was great. When I read this book I was happy because when you first read a book and don't like it and then you read it again and like it, it means you tried a book again and liked it more than you did the first time it feels good. That's why I gave this book the 5 great stars!
View 2 comments. Jan 06, Jan rated it it was ok.
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.
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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 I'm a big fan of the TV show Survivor, having not missed a single episode of the 29 so far seasons.
I'm not so sure about that one. I'm not even positive how much of this book he even wrote. His co-author is Chris Tebbetts, but even he couldn't save this mess. The story here is fairly weak and one that has been done before, and done much better. Four kids ages are taking a sailing trip around the Hawaiian Islands while their just married parents are on their Hawaiian honeymoon.
Two of the kids are the mom's, the other two belong to the dad. The idea is for the kids to bond while on the trip since they don't know each other well and have only recently become family. Early into the trip they are caught in a huge storm and the boat starts taking on water.
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The captain and first mate inflate the life raft for all of them to jump into and somehow end up inside it without the kids. They soon get taken away by the waves, leaving the four kids on the boat to fend for themselves. The boat ends up crashing on a rocky beach, where the kids spend the rest of the book figuring out how to survive until they are hopefully rescued.
There is very little character development, and what there is paints the kids as four very distinct stereotypes. Not much imagination there. The story is told in third person so I didn't ever feel like I knew any of the characters at all. All the dialogue between them deals with what they're going to do, how they're going to do it, or who knows how to do it best.
There's no inner dialogue so I never knew what any of the characters were thinking or what they were feeling. It made them all extremely one dimensional and rather boring. I ended up not really caring about them at all. I know they will all be rescued eventually. The authors are just going to drag it out for two more books before that finally happens. The ending of this one is not a cliff hanger like so many trilogies written for this age group. So no rush to get them rescued if there's still two more books.
He always writes fabulous stories with fully developed characters. Stories that are full of adventure, danger, and intrigue. Wonderful stories that I have a hard time putting down. Maybe Jeff Probst could learn a few things from him. Or better yet, read the Island trilogy by Gordon Korman, a book that this one has tried, and failed miserably, at copying more than just a few main plot points. I'm being very generous giving this book 2 stars.
Apr 10, Kenji L. One of the Pros in this book is that the characters all have their own little special ability. For example, the four characters named Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane all have a unique skill. Vanessa is super smart with technology and loves to fix things, and Buzz loves to watch survivor shows, so he learned ways to find food and water.
One of their most entertaining adventure is when Carter and Jane went to find water. Another Pro would be the characters interaction with each other. In the story there was a rain storm coming and carter and Jane had left to find water, so it was just Vanessa and buzz at camp. They both were thirsty so they used their knowledge and made a rain catcher from one of their sails from their boat crash. I recommend this book for you to read if you like short adventures, imagery, and pure awesomeness.
View 1 comment. May 27, Kristi Bernard rated it really liked it. 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 Carter and Jane's mother had recently married Vanessa and Buzz's father. The boat rocked and tilted, it was time to call in an SOS, especially since water was coming in through the engine. Uncle Dex was preparing for everyone to get into the life raft. One moment he was there and the next he wasn't. With the small boat breaking apart from the thrashing of the storm, four children are seemingly left alone to fend for themselves.
The worst wasn't over yet. By daybreak they found themselves washed up on an island and wondering what will happen next. How will they survive? Now, they must find a way together to survive and get off the island of Nowhere. This fast paced read is an exciting adventure, as it was intended, for young readers to enjoy. Lively conversation and interactions with the characters will keep readers engaged and perhaps recognizing some similarities from their own siblings.
Author Jeff Probst of the famed television show Survivor has created a wonderful adventure any middle grade reader would love. Vivid imagery throughout the pages will have readers feeling as though they were stranded too. Apr 14, C. Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , adventure. 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 I was fully set to dislike this, but A huge storm cripples the boat; the uncle is swept overboard; and, the kids get shipwrecked on a deserted island.
It's not surprising that the book is set on an island Probst is the host of the mega-TV show Survivor , and the characters have to survive on their own with just their wits and natural elements. That's what Probst is good at. However, unlike the Survivor TV show, there is no backstabbing, lying or power-hungry, morally bankrupt contestants intent only on greed and selfishness.
Can you tell I can't stand the show? While I don't like my kids to watch the TV show, I would recommend this to readers in middle school. The reactions of the teens were realistic and thoughtful and gripping. They weren't just cardboard cutouts of characters, which is what I thought I would get. It's a little book that packs a lot of punch.
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Fast and easy to read at pages. Dec 26, Dylan rated it really liked it Shelves: school-year , action-adventure , realistic-fiction. This is a really good book about 4 kids who get stranded on an island and have to survive until a rescue team arrives. The biggest challenge Feb 12, Liviania rated it really liked it. If you're like my mom and me, then you took a look at this cover and went, "Jeff Probst? Like Survivor? Unsurprisingly, it involves people stuck on an island.
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 If you're like my mom and me, then you took a look at this cover and went, "Jeff Probst? While Buzz and Carter are the same age, they're very different. Carter is more athletic and active, whereas Buzz prefers to stay belowdecks. Jane is cute, but too young to be interested in the same things as the others, whereas Vanessa is too old. Then the kids are forced to work together when the boat runs aground during a large storm and they're separated from Uncle Dex and his first mate.
Because the boat changed directions several times trying to outrun the storm, the authorities only have a general idea where the kids are. It could be a long time before help arrives. The kids keep barely escaping total disaster, which keeps the pages turning. Plus they represent a range of personalities, somewhat shallowly drawn but easily identified with. I particularly like Jane, who contributes to their survival just as much as the others by being observant and thoughtful.
It's nearly two hundred pages long, but the print is large. Just when things really got going, it ended. I suppose that's the way of this sort of adventure series for young readers. It's easy to read and exciting. Aug 25, Sandy rated it it was ok Shelves: adventure , realistic-fiction , childrens , library. 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.
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 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.
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I liked the diversity among the children; they each had something to offer to the story and made them unique. They all were there, existing and I heard them talking and interacting but no one moved me. I also felt like there was no consistency in the book. As they arrive on land, I thought the children seemed okay with the situation, like they are adults; their maturity level was outstanding for the situation at hand and it surprised me considering everything. I think this would be a good book for elementary children. Jun 17, Jenny Rose rated it it was amazing.
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 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. Carter and Jane's Uncle Dexter and first mate Joe take the four kids out on his boat for a several day cruise. Four days later the adults are washed away on a raft and the four kids start learning about their individual talents and how they can work together.
My middle school daughter begged for this book at a book fair. The reviews were good. She couldn't stop talking about it from page one. When we purchased book three, I decided to give the series a try. I am glad I waited because now that I have finished the first installment I have to find out for myself what happens in book two!
Probst and Tebbets have created an exciting adventure that middle grade boys and girls can enjoy as well as adults. Jun 25, Emma Van rated it it was ok.
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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 This book was extremely boring. I feel that the author tried to get them stranded as quickly as possible so he didn't have to use a lot of descriptive language. Furthermore, I would not recommend this book to anyone unless your looking for a horrible story.
View all 4 comments. Jan 02, Megan ReadingRover rated it did not like it Shelves: children-s-books , middle-grade , audiobooks , goodreads-challenge. Jeff Probst should stick to hosting Survivor instead of writing books. This books was horrible. Yes I realize that the targeted audience was middle grade but it was more for young children also it was just boring.
Nothing even happens throughout. The kids are left with most of the supplies they need to survive until their water disappears but then they find that easily enough. Then the epilogue comes out of nowhere and i Jeff Probst should stick to hosting Survivor instead of writing books. Wtf is that. Since this was a short book I may continue the series just to see if it stays the same or if Jeff can redeem himself. Otherwise the tribe has spoken. Dec 10, Michael rated it really liked it.
The book started out with four kids and two adults sailing on a boat. The four kids were Carter, Jane, Vanessa, and Buzz. Carter and Vanessa were siblings, and Buzz and Vanessa were siblings, but this trip was made to make them bond with each other. They hit a storm and the two adults that they were with got stranded at sea, and the four kids got stranded on the island. While the four were on the island, they had to learn to work together and survive.
The book was pretty good and it was good the way each of the characters interacted with each other. There was a lot of action and it was very well written. The ending was good, but it was not the end of the franchise because there are two other books after Stranded. Jeff Probst did a very good job in the way he wrote the book. People would want to read the book because it was a high action book. Also, the book shows that more can be accomplished when everyone works together. I recommend this book to anyone because it was good and had a good message. Dec 31, Dannie Ray rated it it was amazing.
Stranded is a English-language Spanish science fiction film about a fictional first manned mission to Mars. The film is set in and begins as the Ares spacecraft enters orbit around Mars. Andre Vishniac commands an international crew of seven astronauts. They try to land, but the small landing craft crashes as a result of an altimeter error. Vishniac is immediately killed, and five other crew members are stranded inside the toppled landing craft, unable to return to the waiting Ares mothercraft.
With no spare landing craft, Lowell, the pilot of the Ares, returns to Earth with it. It will take 26 months for Lowell to send a rescue ship from Earth, but the stranded landing crew have supplies for less than a year and need to find ways to extend the life support system. The main problem is the thermoelectric power generator, since air and water recycling require electrical power.
Since the lander is damaged beyond repair, it no longer requires fuel, and Sagan the mission geologist proposes to use what is left to power an improvised silicate reactor to produce methane and water vapor from the martian soil. They try to build it, but the landing engines and propellant tanks prove to be too damaged to salvage.
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The landing crew tries to find ways to save electrical power, but even draconian measures will only extend the life of the generator to fourteen months. The required lifetime can be attained only if the crew is reduced to two astronauts. Sanchez, the new commander, decides that she, Sagan and Rodrigo should abandon the craft, since their specialist skills are less important to the survival of the mission. They don their spacesuits and walk to the edge of the Valles Marineris valley, not far from the crash site. Recent radar scans from the orbiter reveal a maze-like structure hidden below a thick cloud of water vapor in the Valles Marineris.
The structure appears artificial and is virtually identical to another one near the martian south pole.
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