THE RAFT by S.A. Bodeen


Age Range: 11 - 15
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When her plane crashes, Robie’s years of living with her researcher parents on Midway Island provide her with important knowledge.

Cutting short a visit to an aunt in Honolulu, 15-year-old Robie gets on a small cargo plane delivering supplies that founders in an electrical storm; a crash quickly follows engine failure. The raft that becomes her support contains some useful items, but with the only other survivor almost comatose, it is clear that Robie is pretty much on her own. As a survival tale, this is both engaging and full of scary factoids and frightening possibilities. Not completely likable, Robie nonetheless engages readers with her sometimes almost stream-of-consciousness narration. She finds ways to push herself to be brave and do what is needed to survive. Her familiarity with the flora and fauna of the Pacific islands proves both asset and hindrance: She knows the danger she's in. Her thoughts are often selfish, almost whiny, but this rough-edges glimpse into her personality ultimately makes both her decisions and her chances of survival more realistic. Despite its small font, it's a quick read, thanks to plenty of white space.

A compelling survival adventure. (Adventure. 11-15)

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-312-65010-0
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2012


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