Lost in the Amazon (Lost #3): A Battle for Survival in the Heart of the Rainforest

 
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Lost in the Amazon (Lost #3): A Battle for Survival in the Heart of the Rainforest
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8+
Release Date
January 30, 2018
ISBN
9780545928274
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Peru, Christmas Eve, 1970.

It was supposed to be a routine flight, carrying 86 passengers across the Andes Mountains and home for the holiday. But high above the Amazon rainforest, a roiling storm engulfs the plane. Lightning strikes. A deafening whoosh sweeps through the cabin. And suddenly, 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke is alone. The plane has vanished. She is strapped to her seat and plunging 3,500 feet to the forest floor.

On Christmas Day, she wakes. She is injured, covered in mud, but strangely--miraculously--alive. And now, in a remote corner of the largest rainforest on Earth, the real battle for survival begins.

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incredible tale of survival
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LOST IN THE AMAZON is the incredible true story of a plane crash survivor who survived in the Amazon rainforest for 11 days. With a narrative style of writing, we experience the struggle and dangers of the rainforest along with Juliane Koepcke, a seventeen-year-old girl. With various other stories of survival in the rainforest combined in small vignettes throughout, the fear and dangers of the rainforest survival really come to life.

The book follows the flight from the take-off, giving a few tastes of some of the other passengers who did not survive, through to her journey and fight for survival until rescue and then at the end of her future endeavors and the changes to the rainforest in that time.

A harrowing tale, this book is easily digestible for the middle grade audience. Adding to the narrative writing style are pictures throughout of animals, people, and rainforest flora that add to the descriptive text. The dangerous fight for her life really comes alive in this book.

What I loved: The story follows various aspects of the journey and sets the stage for what it is like to be alone in the rainforest really well, including accounts from others who survived lost there (such as the sounds of the animals and the fruits far out of reach). The images throughout really add to the understanding and experience. Additionally, the steps that Juliane took which helped to ensure her survival are also explained and give a taste of how you might also survive in such a situation (for instance, following the river, even though it is windy).

Final verdict: This is an engaging and well written non-fiction book that brings 17-year-old Juliane’s harrowing experience to life. I would recommend for anyone who enjoys thrillers and survival stories, across ages. This works well for younger audiences who will get into the narrative style and well-explained terms and engages even older readers in this incredible tale of survival.
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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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