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SEVEN WORDS FOR SAND

Author: Allan Serafino

Illustrator: Jillian Crider

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Publisher: LTDBooks

Material: paperback

Summary: After barely a few hours' in Africa, Nick Bridger's fantasies about being in the Sahara quickly evolve into realities he could never imagine. When he stops closing his mind and opening his eyes, he begins to appreciate the experience. This is a young adult adventure.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 to 13

Interest Level: 9 to 13

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book because it was full of adventure. I also learned a lot about the desert and the culture of the people who live there. I felt the author could have developed the characters a bit more, especially the bond between Nick and his father. I think I would get this book from the library.

Adult Reader Reaction: This quickly turned into a page turner that I couldn't wait to get back to. While it's the suspense and adventure that will keep teens reading, they'll learn some geography and sociology, too.

Pros: The story moves quickly; it's a pleasant read, where the violence is summarized and inferred, not laid out in graphic detail.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. You won't find a hard cover, and it's a story easily shared with friends or in a book club.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE EDGE CHRONICLES #3: MIDNIGHT OVER SANCTAPHRAX   INTRUDERS ON BATTLESHIP ISLAND (The Bayshore Mysteries)  

Educational Themes: Hopefully teens can see past the adventure to the roles they must accept as they grow up: being responsible for others, not just themselves.

Notes: Also Available in E-book

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2005

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