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Monday, October 30, 2017

Forbidden Passage by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts

Forbidden PassageForbidden Passage is the start of the second trilogy in the Stranded book series.  We meet Carter, Buzz, Jane and Vanessa in this new trilogy plus a new character named Mima.  They get stranded again on an island and meet the Nukula tribe.  Ani, the only Nukula who speaks English, tells the children that the people on the island do not want to be discovered so they hide within the island's jungle cover.  That information doesn't help Carter, Buzz, Jane and Vanessa as they want off the island to be reunited with their parents. The Nukula challenge is getting ready to take place.  It is a  race to become an elder in the tribe and the participants are children within a certain age range.  Lucky for them, the four siblings fall in that age range.  The group must overcome the many challenges that await them in the race and finish in the top 16 if they want to find a way to get off the island, as the current on the other side of the island is less deadly.  There are many disadvantages in front of them, like not knowing the island, the language of the Nukula, or competing against Chizo, who is doing everything possible to make them fail.  But if the brothers and sisters work together, they might just survive and finish the race.  

For those who loved the first Stranded trilogy series by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts, this is the series for you.  It reads just like the Survivor television series as the setting is a remote island with very few resources.  This time around, there are challenges just like in the television series, where players are eliminated or rewarded for their efforts.  There are several themes in the book about working together, looking out for family and competing fairly.  These books are not long and are a perfect fit for a reluctant reader who likes adventure.

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