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Author: Petru Popescu

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers,

Material: hard cover

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.

Cons: It did get confusing at some points.

If You Liked This Book, Try: My Side of the Mountain by Craighead George SEVEN WORDS FOR SAND   CONOR AND THE CROSSWORLDS; BOOK 1: Breaking the Barrier   THE MAGIC THIEF (Book 1)

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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