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Reviewers: Cici Liu, Grade 6, BCIS
Book: Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Category: Older Readers (Grades 6-8)
Cici writes: "I recommend this book to everyone. Its a good book about survival and madness. Its sometimes funny, and sometimes it makes you not want to put the book down because its so exciting… I recommend this book to everyone… from ages 10 to 100. I think that they would all love this book and when they finish the book, they would read it again and again. They will like it because its makes you feel relaxed but sometimes tense."
Overview: Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he’s grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, and snappers in his backyard. The critters, he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one.
When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called Expedition Survival!, Wahoo figures he’ll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show’s inept and egotistical star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger foolishly believes his own PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo’s acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who’s sporting a shiner courtesy of her father and needs a place to hide out.
They’ve only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna’s dad shows up with a gun…
It’s anyone’s guess who will actually survive Expedition Survival…
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