5 Reasons I Loved Going on an Adventure with Jonathan Rock’s Survival Squad

Recently, I checked out Survival Squad: Out of Bounds written by Jonathan Rock. It is part of a junior level series, which currently includes four books. If you know kids who are into adrenaline rushes and outdoor adventures, you may want to introduce them to this series.

Top 5 Reasons I Loved this Book

  1. Survival Squad allowed me to travel to the United Kingdom and experience what it might be like to be a kid living there. Some words are spelled differently than what I’m used to, there were some references I was not immediately familiar with, and the setting was so different from my desert home.
  2. The Scout Association, which is for girls and boys, is featured in this book. I’m accustomed to boys and girls being separated – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. It took me by surprise to find out that girls are a part of the Scouts. It’s not even an issue in the story. The characters focus on being a team and capitalizing on everyone’s strengths. It was incredibly uplifting.
  3. The challenges and adventures feel realistic. I especially enjoy the rock climbing references and situations. The descriptions make me feel like I am there problem solving and putting my gear to use (in reality, my gear has been sitting on the shelves in my garage, lonely).
  4. All of the characters grow and change throughout the book. Issues such as bullying and overwhelming expectations from family members are addressed.
  5. The Tiger Patrol’s Diary is included in the back of the book. The kids have jotted down safety tips, diagrams, and how-to instructions.

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