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Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen
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Jungle of Bones

by Ben Mikaelsen

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A troubled teen goes along with a team looking for a crashed plane from World War II in Papua New Guinea. Dylan gets separated from his group and nearly dies in the wild - malaria, snake bite, thirst, hunger, you names it. Has a mystical encounter with a local who saves his life. Similar tropes to Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear with a troubled teen and a chip on his shoulder who needs to nearly die in the wilderness to change his ways and appreciate his life and the people in it. ( )
  ewyatt | Jan 22, 2017 |
Good book! Lots of adventure.
  ddbrown201 | Jan 23, 2016 |
Some books aren't great books from a literary standpoint. Way too much happens in this book that would never happen; there are coincidences and a message-heavy wrap up, but even saying all that, Mikaelsen's book is one that kids would read and not want to put down. Dylan makes some pretty stupid decisions, and his mom ships him off for the summer to his strict uncle, with hopes that the ex-Marine will straighten him out . Dylan is anything but excited when he discovers his uncle is off to Papua New Guinea on an expedition to locate the wreck of the WWII plane of his grandfather. Between no cell phones, no comforts of home, and a irritating know-it-all teen companion, Dylan dreads every second of the trip. And he hasn't stopped making stupid decisions - and one decision may cost him his life. ( )
  pataustin | Aug 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545442877, Hardcover)

Lost and alone in the jungle, one boy will have to let go of his assumptions and anger, or be dragged down with them.

Dylan Barstow has finally crossed the line. After getting caught on a late-night joyride in a stolen car, Dylan is shipped off to live with his ex-Marine uncle for the summer. But Uncle Todd has bigger plans for Dylan than push-ups and early-morning jogs.

Deep in the steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, there's a WWII fighter plane named SECOND ACE that's been lost for years, a plane that Dylan's own grandfather barely escaped from with his life. In all this time, no one has ever been able to track down SECOND ACE -- but now Dylan and his uncle are going to try.

Lush and haunted, vital and deadly, these alien jungles half a world away could mean Dylan's salvation, or they could swallow him whole.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:51 -0400)

When sullen teenager Dylan Barstow is caught joyriding in a stolen car he is sent to his ex-Marine uncle for the summer, but soon they are on the way to Papua New Guinea in search of a World War II fighter plane and Dylan discovers that defiance is not a survival skill when you are lost in a jungle.… (more)

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