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Survival of the fittest
Myers, Edward, 1950-
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Millburn, N.J. : Montemayor Press, [2000]

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172 pages ; 21 cm
Rus, Jodie, and Matt survive the crash of a small plane in the Peruvian rainforest and must endure a multitude of physical and psychological hardships as they attempt to reach safety.
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En route to visiting their father at a medical mission, two children and their teenage cousin narrowly escape death when their small plane crashes deep in the Peruvian rainforest. The plane's pilot dies in the crash, leaving Rus, Jodie, and Matt Cooper struggling to survive on their own in a lush but hostile environment. What follows is a harrowing tale of endurance, improvisation, and self-discovery. With its suspenseful plot, alternating points-of-view, and strong male and female protagonists, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST is an adventure tale that will prove unforgettable to young readers.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Rus Cooper, 13, and his two younger cousins board a small plane on the last leg of a journey to the rain forests of Peru, where his uncle is volunteering as a surgical technician. Rus is a reluctant tagalong, still hurting from the death of his alcoholic mother. Engine problems force an emergency landing in a river and the children are the only survivors. Frightened, but quick to rally, they take stock of their supplies and attempt to build a raft. Friction and bickering between surly Rus and his cousins is overplayed but subsides as survival becomes their focus. The story becomes episodic as they travel down the river, weak from hunger, sunburned, and lost. A lush but dangerous setting is vividly portrayed, complete with insects and piranhas. In a dramatic climax, the children are separated, lose the raft, and are found by tribal Indians. Adults are ephemeral and readers only assume a parental reunion. Rus resolves his relationship with Matt and Jodie but remains in character, avoiding a too sentimental ending. Reluctant readers will enjoy the realism and fast-paced adventure.- Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.