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