August 20, 2013

Stranded and Trial by Fire Books by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets - Review

  Disclosure -  I received a product to review from the company. Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own

Picture books are a little too easy for Kik now, so If your kids need a little bit older books, check out  the Stranded series from Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets.

I had heard about the Survivor TV show of course, but I had never actually watched it. So when I first heard about the kids book series, I wasn't sure if they would be my type of book.   But then I read Stranded - the first book in the series - and I was pleasantly surprised.

In Stranded, Vanessa, Buzz, Carter, and Jane find themselves as siblings in a newly blended family.  While the kids parents are honeymooning, the four kids join their uncle on a 5 day boat expedition.  Although, they don't always get along, things are going relatively smoothly, until they get trapped in a big storm.  They end up stranded on a deserted island and have to find a way to work together to survive.

Stranded was full of action, yet still clean and appropriate for kids.  I also liked how it approached the subject of blended families learning to work together despite their differences.

The 2nd book in the Series is called Trial by Fire.  In Trial by Fire there is another big storm, and the kids lose most of their supplies.  The kids have to find a way to survive on the island while also learning to deal with each other.

I like that in this book, the kids actually make a lot of mistakes, and deal with their differences in a realistic way.

To Buy - Both books are great adventure books  geared toward the 8 year old and up market.  I haven't actually had a chance to pick up the 3rd book in the series yet, but that's only because it doesn't come out until November.   The books retail for $6.99, and are available online and in stores wherever books are sold.

To Win - The great people at Penguin are giving away the first two books to one of you!  

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I received the books to review from the above company or their PR Agency. Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own - I was not influenced in any way. I received no monetary compensation for this post. By entering this giveaway you agree to my giveaway/disclosure guidelines


  1. I like "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat' by Simms Taback. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  2. My toddler loves "the Hungry Caterpillar", My 6yo daughter loves cinderella, My 8 year old son loves any books about Dinosaurs and my pre-teen is reading the Harry Potter and star wars books right now. So we have a little bit of everything here.
    ~Sandra U.

  3. We love "I love you to God and Back."

  4. I loved Harriet the Spy when I was a kid.

  5. My favorite kids' book is 'Today I Feel Like A Warm Fuzzy'. Thanks.

  6. I loved the "Five Little Peppers and How they Grew" series. It was old when I was a kid, but still a classic.

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  7. My favorite kid books was eons ago - anything about Lassie, I loved and the Hardy Boys mysterie..

  8. I like the Boxcar Children books

  9. My fave is Treasure Island but I have tried to get my kids interested in it and they hate it.

  10. anything by dr suess

  11. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

  12. I think Green eggs and ham. lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com