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Based on a true story!
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Airline travel is generally safe, right? Juliane Koepcke is more concerned about being able to get home in time for Christmas, and is on her way with her mother. Weather is not cooperating, but when things go badly wrong, Juliane is suprised to find herself on the floor of the Amazon rain forest, stunned but amazingly uninjured. Even though she was raised in a similar environment and knows strategies to survive among the dangerous animals and plants, she is not at all prepared. Clothed in a torn dress with only one shoe, she has little food and none of the equipment that might help. Heeding her father's advice that all water eventually leads to a settlement, she starts her arduous trek toward civilization.
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Well-illustrated with news photographs of Juliane as well as illustrative pictures of the general environment, Olson does an excellent job of fleshing out the story from Koepcke published accounts and interviews into a page-turning tale of adventure and survivil. As he did in the previous books in this series, Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink and Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13, Olson explains situations and events with which young readers might not be familiar so that they can understand the story. In this case, there is extensive information about the nature of the rain forest, as well as its history.

Survival tales are always popular with young readers, and the descriptive style of this series makes them popular with readers who have enjoyed Johnson's Survivor Diaries or the work of Will Hobbs and are a great next read for fans of Lauren Tarshis' I Survived books.
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