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Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Slade, Arthur

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ISBN: 0553495062     ISBN-13: 9780553495065
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
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Published: July 2010
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Annotation: Many of Newton Starker's ancestors have been killed by lightning strikes, so when he enrolls at the eccentric Jerry Potts Academy of Higher Learning and Survival in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he tries to avoid the same fate.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Lightning; Fiction.
Boarding schools; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010019045
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.00" H x 4.25" W x 0.75" (0.26 lbs) 227 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): thur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan, Canada, and began writing at an early age. He received an English honors degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years working in advertising, and is now a full-time fiction writer. He is the author of Dust, which won the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature; Tribes; Megiddo's Shadow; and The Hunchback Assignments. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, Brenda Baker. Visit his Web site at www.arthurslade.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
"We're plugged into the universe," Newton Starker's late mother told him--and she didn't mean it metaphorically, as every deceased Starker family member on record (including her) died from a lightning strike. This imaginative survival story injects quirky asides--recipes, survival tips, character sketches, etc.--into its playful account of fourteen-year-old Newton's stint at an unusual boarding school, where he acquires both friends and courage. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 March #2)

The premise will snag readers immediately: except for his great-grandmother and father, every member of 14-year-old Newton Starker's family has been killed by lightning. The family keeps a set of rules—"Beware of cumulonimbus clouds," "Check the weather. Recheck the weather. Check it again"—but even they couldn't save Newton's mother, killed two years earlier. (The teen's father, not part of the bloodline, is not a lightning magnet.) Now, Newton has enrolled at the Jerry Potts Academy for Survival in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and hopes to avoid a similar fate. Stubborn and obsessed with all things culinary (especially truffles), Newton gains a new friend, an enemy/love interest and a pig with a talent for finding hidden objects in short order. But finding answers about the Starker "curse" isn't as easy. In brisk chapters, Slade (Megiddo's Shadow) offers readers plenty of humor (often at Newton's expense), as well as asides that include e-mails, character background and recipes. Slade's portrayal of Newton's sweep of emotions as he deals with his perceived fate—fear, fury, dogged determination—is especially convincing. Ages 11–14. (Mar.)

[Page 48]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 March)

Gr 5–8—Newton Starker, 14, has a curse: all but one of his ancestors have been killed by a lightning strike. The teen spends most of his time in a protective dome and constantly checks and rechecks the weather. His life is limited; he finds it hard to make friends. When his mother dies of a lightning strike, Newton tries to avoid the same fate by enrolling in the eccentric Jerry Potts Academy of Higher Learning and Survival in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Its motto is "Survival Through Fierce Intelligence." In one class, for example, the students learn smoke signals and Morse code. Newton, a food connoisseur and budding chef, places a phone order of truffles for his quiche recipe, but, because of his imprecise French, he gets a highly intelligent, truffle-seeking pig. Then, in his first Culinary Arts and Survival class, he is confronted with ground squirrel. When he is hit by lightning but survives, he learns not to let himself be ruled by fear, but rather to acknowledge it and act in spite of it—to let it pass through him. The emails, recipes, and rules interspersed throughout sometimes give the narrative a disjointed feeling, but short chapters make this an appropriate choice for reluctant readers. The book has tongue-in-cheek humor, a budding romance, some gross recipes, and even a fantastic porker. Its message of taking control of one's fate will appeal to every kid.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME

[Page 154]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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