While weather doesn’t feature prominently in most of these survival stories, water is a constant theme. Six real-life tales are sensationally related in this high-interest offering from the Escape, Rescue & Survival series (2 titles), which will appeal to readers who thrill over close calls with danger. Capitalizing on its splashy layout and dramatic, easy-to-read text, the book divides its stories into three categories: “Extreme Weather,” “Lost at Sea,” and “Underwater Attacks.” Readers will encounter gripping accounts of the 2018 cave rescue of a Thai soccer team, a woman swept out to sea during a tsunami, two different boating disasters, a shark attack, and a box jellyfish encounter. The book’s real goal is to make reading enticing, and it includes tips and activities to help aid reading comprehension. For larger collections.
— Julia Smith
Booklist, October 2023