Avalanche! by Terry Lynn Johnson [Series: Survivor Diaries: Book 2]
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: c2018: 104p.
Avalanche!! The word alone conjures up a combination of unspeakable beauty, power and terror.
Avalanche! is the second book in the acclaimed action-adventure series, Survivor Diaries by Terry Lynn Johnson.
Readers will be riveted by this narrative at the start from the opening tantalizing sentence “Tell me how you survived the avalanche?“. The descriptive action and suspense continues until the last page is reached!
The protagonist of this survivor diary is twelve year-old twin Ashley Hilder and her interview sets the stage for an engaging first-person narrative. Being told from this perspective heightens the reader’s anxiety levels as they become a silent witness to a family ski holiday where a rash ‘competitive’ decision has unforeseen consequences for [both] brother and sister.
The strength of Ashley’s character is a reflection of her intense training as a skier to always ‘be prepared’. As the nightmare of the avalanche unfolds, this instinctive reflex allows her to think logically and not panic.
Throughout the story, the author has interwoven all sorts of survival skills needed to survive such an event. All of the techniques that Ashley displays, are the reactions needed to get through an catastrophic event, such as being caught in an avalanche
Reader’s will add Ms. Johnson’s Avalanche and the books in Survivor Diaries, to Lauren Tarshis’ series “I survived” and Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet books.
Highly Recommended for any reader from grade 3-6!