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Frozen stiff
Shahan, Sherry.
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Publication Information:
New York : Delacorte Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
151 pages ; 22 cm
Cousins Cody and Derek take a kayak trip in Alaska and find themselves battling the raw elements of an untamed wilderness.
Reading Level:
710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 5.0 32686.
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What begins as a two-night camping and kayaking trek in the untamed Alaskan wilderness turns into a test of survival for Cody and her cousin Derek. While their mothers are in Juneau picking up supplies for Yakutat Lodge, the cousins sneak off in an old pickup. The taste of freedom is soon tainted when Cody's kayak is lost on the rising tide, washing away her life vest and precious supplies. With only each other for support, the cousins face hunger and their fears of the unknown region of Southeast Alaska. As an advancing glacier floods the remote fjord, Cody and Derek find themselves facing menacing waves, immense icebergs, and wild animals. A sense that someone is following them adds to the formidable danger. From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. In this compelling adventure story with a highly realized Alaskan setting, two cousins set out on a kayak trip, expecting to return before their mothers even realize they are gone. From the outset, things go awry. Cody, the wilderness aficionado, immediately gets her only pair of socks wet; Derek, the "lower-forty-eight" city slicker isn't even wearing socks. Things don't get better: Cody encounters a bear and begins to mull over her parents' recent divorce; the campsite is completely flooded, all the supplies are lost; and Cody is temporarily blinded by a serious sunburn to her eyes. Eventually the pair is rescued, but not before they've showed their courage. A solid, readable, well-researched novel with good plotting and convincing characters, this has all the elements a good survival story should have. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-A survival story set in the Alaskan wilderness. When their mothers leave to buy supplies, Cody and her cousin Derek make an unapproved kayak and camping trip to Russell Fjord. Cody has never gone alone, but she and her mother have spent the past three summers in Alaska, and she's been on some guided trips, so she's sure she knows what to do. Derek is willing to follow her. All goes well at first, but a sudden glacier shift floods their tent and most of their provisions are destroyed. Cody becomes ill and they must make camp again. While there, they feel like they're being watched‘and they are. The hidden observer is a trapper living away from society who ends up caring for the youngsters and helping them get home safely. Shahan knows this setting well and the power and majesty of the land are described eloquently and so vividly that readers can easily imagine the scene. However, this sharp description is not applied as well to the characters. It's easy to get caught up in Cody and Derek's adventure, but there is no insight into their personalities. A contrived subplot involving Cody's feelings about her parents' divorce doesn't ring true. Despite these flaws, there is enough here to make a solid, though not heart-stopping, adventure story.-Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.