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The Raft (Paperback)
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Robie is an experienced traveler. She's taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there's a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn't panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.
And then . . . she's in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there's no sign of help on the way.
"The Raft "is a thrilling novel of survival from award-winning author S.A. Bodeen.
About the Author
S.A. Bodeen is the author of "The Garden" and "The Compound", which earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a "Publishers Weekly" "Flying Start." She is also the author of several picture books, including "Elizabeti's Doll", winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first friends were cows, which she named after characters in books. From there she went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, and has lived in seven states, as well as a remote Pacific island. She adores books and is a big fan of cheese. She lives in Oregon.
“Readers who pass this novel around will have lots of fun debating exactly what saves her [Robie] in the end.” —BCCB
“This book will satisfy anyone who likes a good survival story.” —School Library Journal
“A compelling survival adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews
“An old-fashioned adventure story.” —The Horn Book