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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
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.
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.