After a wild plan by his parents left Jack stranded in the Caribbean, the Berenson family decided to lay out some rules. Jack's mom and dad agreed they wouldn't take so many risks. Jack agreed he'd try to live life without worrying quite so much. Then Jack's parents thought up another get-rich-quick scheme.
Now the family's driving around Kenya. An animal attack is about to send Jack up a tree—alone, with limited supplies. As Jack attempts to outsmart a ferocious honey badger and keep away from an angry elephant, he'll have plenty of time to wonder if the Berenson Family Decision-Making Rules did enough to keep him out of trouble.
About the Author
Lisa Doan received a master's degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a professional vagabond, she has traveled extensively through Africa and Asia and lived on a Caribbean island for eight years. Her variety of professions have included Master Scuba Diving Instructor, New York City headhunter, Owner/Chef of a Chinese restaurant, television show Set Medic and Deputy Prothonotary of a county court. She wrote her first book during a Caribbean slow season while waiting for restaurant customers. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with a Great Dane who stares her down for biscuits.
Ivica Stevanovic has illustrated numerous picture books, as well as book covers and graphic novels. He lives in Veternik, Serbia, with his wife, who is also a children's illustrator, and their daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well the wait is over. Book two of this adventure series, starring Jack Berenson and his dysfunctional parents, is lots of fun and a sure hit with middle grade school kids. This time he faces all the trials and tribulations of unexpected situations that crop up in the middle of the African savanna. Jack's parent are off on another get-rich-scheme which is located in Kenya. They decide it would be profitable to build a Maasai warrior camp for tourists in that location. They think they have done their homework and have all the bases for success covered this time around, but sadly (as you may guess) things don't go as planned, leaving their son Jack stranded in the Masai Mara surrounded by animal predators with little food or survival provisions to keep him out of harm's way. His sensibility and intelligence directs him to make a hammock bed out of duct tape and his diet of oranges, instant coffee and Chip Ahoy cookies serve as a deterrent to being dinner himself. He shares with the wild beasts to keep them at large and away from delicious "him"! He keeps his mind off his plight by reading through his text book , "Seventh Grade in an Hour" and exploring ways for his rescue. Will Jack's plan be successful? Will his parents finally come through and realize their son needs help and come rescue him? Be sure to pick up a copy and find out how this smart, responsible, creative boy finds just the right combination to get himself out of danger and be reunited once again with his whacky parents. I like this series a lot. Having taught middle school I know this would be a great book to give to reluctant readers as the chapters are short and the content is very interesting and humorous. I like the insertion of a "puppy love" theme and Jack's struggle with it. I am sure kids will relate to the parental connection and delight in the fact that Jack has the upper-hand as his common-sense and responsible approach to life is directly opposed to their frivolous, care-free whims which often puts Jack in the parental role (and danger) giving them guidance and advice as to how to live life. I like too that no matter what is up with Jack he has a lifeline to his friends back home which is very, very important to him as with most kids of that age. I highly recommend this series and am looking forward to the next book. The illustrations are amazing and are comic-book/ graphic novel style. They will be greatly enjoyed as they give a visual punch and heightened interest to the book's text.