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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- All of the characters grow and change throughout the book. Issues such as bullying and overwhelming expectations from family members are addressed.
- 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.