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Outback
By author: Robin Stevenson
Selling Points: survival, responsibility, family
ISBN: 9781554694198
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2011
Lexile Level: HL590L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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And then we watch helplessly as the jeep burns. Flames leap from the driver's window and lick at the door frame, red tongues reaching into the black smoke. A wall of heat pushes toward us.

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.



Tri-State YA Book Review Committee - September 1, 2011
"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."
The Horn Book Guide - September 1, 2011
"There's...drama and excitement [in this] survival tale."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - May 1, 2011
"Though short and straightforwardly told, the characters and plot are engaging and it should be a hit with the Hi/Low audience."
Resource Links - February 1, 2011
"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."
CM Magazine - January 21, 2011
"Compliments to Stevenson who has succeeded in giving readers a vivid picture...A successful, fast-paced adventure story. Recommended."

Awards

TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, commended  US  2012
Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, commended  US  2012
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2012

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