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Shipwreck by Gordon Korman
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Shipwreck (2000)

by Gordon Korman

Series: Island (1)

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I really liked this book. It is a lot like ... (Sample review) ( )
  lsc530library | Jul 26, 2015 |
1. This is the first book in a series about "troubled youth" that are sent on a boat trip. When a huge storm comes in, the boat sinks and all adults are gone. The children have to learn to survive on a desert island with no one but each other.
2. I really like this book because I remember how much I enjoyed this series as a child. It's an action packed series that I think children will really love.
3. I would say this series would be good for children between 5th and 7th grade. I think it would fit in with a theme of survival and encourage hypothetical thinking.
  samjanke | Dec 9, 2014 |
Stuck at sea with the a bunch a strangers, Luke thinks that going to jail would have been better especially when the boat got stuck in an amazing storm. ( )
  paula-childrenslib | Oct 7, 2013 |
Island was a good book , but i ended up dropping it after about 40 pages . for me it was to slow on explaining the characters , also it wasn't on my level reading . it was a really small book that i thought would be for a lower grade . It was mostly about how the characters got on the ship , and how much they dreaded it . i didn't make it to the actual ship wreck part but im sure the rest of the series is good . ( )
  br13chlev | Mar 4, 2013 |
This book is about six teenagers who were stuck on a boat for half of the year. They all never met before and they were never on a boat before. They were fine at sea until they hit a terrible storm. The storm destroyed the boat and sunk into the ocean. Luckily, the kids survived the storm, made a raft, and were stranded in the ocean. They were stuck in the ocean for days then finally they found land. Now they must rely on each other to survive.

I like this book because the kids survive the ocean and not adults. The best part was when one of the kids dove into the water to avoid getting sunk. The worst part was when they were stranded on the raft. The funniest part was when Luke gets hit in the head by the door. I like the twist in this book. I like the description of the ocean. If you like books about island survival then this is the book for you. ( )
  Stephen.Cooper | Mar 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439164567, Paperback)

Being on a sailboat in the warm waters of the Pacific with a bunch of kids the same age could sound like a vacation dream come true. However, when this month-long trip is part of a strict program called Charting a New Course, and each participant--or inmate--is there for disciplinary problems, things don't look quite as rosy. And then, of course, when a big storm strikes, and the captain and first mate disappear, and the boat seems to be sinking... the whole idea becomes less and less appealing. Still, for Luke, Will, Lyssa, J.J., Ian, and Charla, this is the way the cards have been dealt, and whatever problems they may have with each other, however much they don't want to be there, it's time to start working together to save their own lives.

The first book of Gordon Korman's exciting new trilogy introduces readers to the six troubled kids who will become unwitting partners in their desperate bid for survival. A steely captain and a gruff first mate who calls every boy "Archie" and every girl "Veronica" keep order and attempt to turn their charges into young sailors--an effort that may pay off more than any of them ever anticipate. A hint of menace permeates Shipwreck, along with humor, angst, and mystery. Readers won't want to miss the continuation of the riveting saga in books 2 and 3, Survival and Escape. (Ages 9 to 13) --Emilie Coulter

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:00 -0400)

Six kids, Nick, J.J., Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian, are thrown together against their will on a small boat that will make a one-month journey on the Pacific Ocean. They have all been sent for different reasons. Luke is taking his only choice besides being sent to a juvenile detention facility for a crime he didn't commit. Will and Lyssa are quarreling siblings sent by their parents, who hope the trip will teach them to get along better. J.J. was sent by a movie-star father after he pulled one two many pranks. Ian's parents hoped to cure him of his TV addiction. Charla was sent because she was having an arthletic "burnout." But these six totally different kids have to learn to work together to survive a vicious storm and a shipwreck that leave them stranded in the middle of the ocean with no food, no water, and almost no hope for survival.… (more)

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