Avalanche! by Terry Lynn Johnson

March 1, 2018

AvalancheAvalanche! 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. Readers will be riveted to the narrative from beginning to end, holding their breathe until the very last chapter!

This high-octane story of survival and adventure, will have reader’s adding Ms. Johnson’s Avalanche and all the books in her Survivor Diaries, with Lauren Tarshis’  “I survived” and Gary Paulsen’s “Hatchet” books.

Series Titles: Overboard

Highly Recommended  for any reader from grade 3-6 and every school library!!!


A Bear’s Life

October 2, 2017

IMG_2676A Bear’s Life by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read

published by Orca Book Publishers 32pages, c2017 Series: My Great Bear

Rainforest Keywords: back bears; spirit bears; grizzly bears; Great Bear Rainforest; Indigenous People; salmon; ocean; habitat

Following in the footsteps of  (2018 Silver Birch Express nominee), readers are now introduced to A Bear’s Life.

The array of brilliant bear photographs and the accompanying straight forward, easy informative text, reveal the many sides to an often mis-represented mammal … the bear.

At a modest 32 pages, this stunning nature picture book will definitely engage any young or mature reader. At the same time it can provide a perfect platform for discussions inside and out of the classroom!

A wonderful introduction that chronicles the enchantingly mysterious bears in the British Columbian wilderness known as The Great Bear Rainforest!

Highly recommended for readers of any age!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The White Giraffe by Lauren St.John

March 31, 2010

Anything with animals will usually capture my attention and this book was no exception.    What I found to be the exception was how it began…..an eleven year old girl, whose life changes in an instant when her parents are killed in a fire and she believes herself to be an orphan. Her shock is magnified when she is told that she actually has a grandmother living in South Africa on a game reserve.

Martine’s life begins again on a different continent, in a different environment and anger, grief, and loneliness are her constant companions. Her grandmother’s seemingly aloof attitude has Martine searching for solace in the outdoors and learning about the almost mystical beauty that is South Africa.  As the story unfolds Martine becomes more steeped in the legends, myths and magic of African folklore and her curiosity is heightened when a local medicine woman named Grace tells her that she has  ‘the gift’.  When whisperings of the mythical white giraffe could be true,  and evidence of poachers surfaces, Martine resolves to rescue her  new ‘friend’ . It is then that we catch a glimpse of what her special ‘gift’ could be.

I loved this book….. the story of a  confused little girl, her struggles and  her journey of self discovery,  set in one of nature’s most magnificent landscapes!  Dolphin Song and The Last Leopard are books 2 and 3 in this series…check them out!

Reading Ability:  Grade 5,6,7  (high Junior; Intermediate)

Genre:  Fantasy; Adventure; Supernatural

Theme: Acceptance; Courage; Grief; Loneliness; Friendship; Grandmothers; Determination

Who would like this book? Any one interested in Wildlife conservation: Habitat; South Africa; Poaching; Supernatural; Endangered animals; Magic realism

Similar BooksIsabel of the whales by H. Velmens; Dolphin Song by St.John; Zarafa by M.  Allin

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Literature Circle Guide: http://teacher.scholastic.com/clubs/lit_circle_pdfs/whitegiraffe_t.pdf