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(Outback)
Spanish Ages 12+
Pages: 160
Themes: survival, responsibility, family
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Nov/2012
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Desde que lo dejó su novia, Jayden ha estado evitando la escuela...y la vida en general. Cuando su excéntrico tío Mel lo invita a Australia porque necesita ayuda en su investigación de biología, Jayden piensa que no tiene nada que perder. Lo malo es que eso implica viajar al abrasador desierto en el interior despoblado de Australia con el cada vez más paranoico Mel y una hostil estudiante de biología llamada Natalie. Entonces los golpea el desastre y, a muchas millas de la civilización, Jayden y Nat tienen que luchar por sus vidas.

Since his girlfriend dumped him, Jayden has been avoiding school—and life in general. When his eccentric uncle Mel invites him to help with his biology research at an Australian university, he figures he has nothing to lose. Once he arrives, he discovers Mel is obsessed with finding a new species of lizard and is determined to be the first to discover it. Unfortunately, this means an expedition into the scorching desert heat of the Australian outback...with the increasingly paranoid Mel and an unfriendly biology student named Natalie. Then disaster strikes, and Jayden and Nat find themselves many miles from civilization fighting for their survival.

Library Media Connection
"This adventure story is short and action-packed, sure to keep the attention of readers. It is ideal for intermediate readers of Spanish...A fast read for reluctant readers and ESL students."
TriState YA Book Review Committee
"The two youthful main characters are believable and will be relatable for the readership and their adventures will keep their interest from start to finish...This book's applicability is not limited to its intended readership of reluctant middle school and high school readers. Intermediate Spanish classes would also find it a great choice for practice in different tenses and informal speech."

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