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The Wild Bunch
ISBN: 9781481468282
Author: Gangsei, Jan
Publisher: Aladdin
Published: July 2017
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Reluctantly thrown together during a group camping trip, three very different boys hear about the park's Bigfoot urban legend before suffering a series of accidents that challenge them to make their way through the wilderness and uncover the truth behind local rumors. Simultaneous and eBook.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure | Survival Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Library of Congress Subjects:
Camping; Fiction.
Fathers and sons; Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016049812
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Growing Up, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
Paul's, Jack's, and Hector's fathers were friends in college. The dads decide to take the boys on a camping trip to Bear Falls, where there are rumors of a Sasquatch on the loose. In spite of numerous mishaps, the boys manage to bond during their wilderness adventures. Plenty of action and gross-out humor should entertain readers of this otherwise predictable story. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 May)

Gr 4–6—Paul's summer vacation plans haven't turned out quite the way he had hoped; instead of sleeping late and playing video games, he is dragged by his dad on a camping trip to Bear Falls, complete with gnarly spiders, ravenous mosquitos, and an utter absence of bug spray. Paul meets two new friends, rounding out the familiar triptych of relatable narrator, nerd, and bully, and the trio search for the Beast of Bear Falls. Though the structure and plotting are nothing revolutionary, the humor hits its mark more times than not, and readers interested in the story will likely find some aspects of the characters with which to connect. Occasionally the wit does hit a sour note, as when the bully character makes fun of a female park ranger's appearance. VERDICT A quick, lighthearted summer read for lovers of outdoor adventure and silly (and often gross) humor.—Ted McCoy, Leeds Elementary and Ryan Road Elementary, MA

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