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Summary: Jack Conran is going to spend the summer working with his dad, a research scientist who studies lions in Tanzania. When his plane goes down, he is alone and lost in the wilderness. He learns to survive with the help of a mysterious creature: part human, part primate. Will he ever make it back to his father's camp? This is an adventure fantasy for pre-teens.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 and up; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 and up
Reading Level: 5.7
Age of Child: Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because the picture on the cover looked exciting. I liked this book and would read it again. I really liked the scenes where he had to fight things. It is really cool and fun to read.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is an action-packed adventure. It is a well-crafted page turner that will appeal to teen readers, particularly reluctant readers who need a lot of plot events.
Pros: This is an exciting adventure that kept my attention.
Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, young adult, science fiction
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2008
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