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The Darwin Expedition
By author: Diane Tullson
Selling Points: "Survival, adventure"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: 590
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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The bear lowers its head. When a dog looks like this, it means you could get bitten. When a bear looks like this, it means you could be lunch. The bear's eyes harden, as if he has lost patience with us. We're on his trail and he wants us off. The bear opens his jaws. Big jaws. Really big teeth. His jaws make a smacking sound.
I whisper, "He's going to eat us."

Tej and Liam are going snowboarding. When they take a shortcut over a treacherous logging road and have an accident, their adventure becomes more about survival than fresh powder. Tracked by a hungry bear, while trying to outrun the weather without any food, Tej and Liam learn about their friendship and what it will take to survive. When Tej is hurt, Liam decides he has to go for help—alone.
The Alan Review - October 1, 2007
"Manages to combine an exciting adventure with a reading level suited to struggling readers."
KLIATT - September 2, 2007
"A story chock-full of action and drama...The reader feels fear, discomfort, and desperate urgency along with the characters."
Resource Links - April 1, 2007
"Should be popular with teen boys as well as the growing number of fans of the Orca Soundings series."
CM Magazine - February 1, 2007
"Interesting, believable characters and an intriguing plot-line."
Kirkus Reviews - February 1, 2007
"Combining plenty of action with realistically cogent concerns, this should find some success with its target audience."


YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  2008
CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008
PSLA Top Forty, commended  US  2007


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Ideal for Lit Circles
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