The Resource Adrift, Paul Griffin

Adrift, Paul Griffin

Label
Adrift
Title
Adrift
Statement of responsibility
Paul Griffin
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Matt and Mike are best friends, just two working-class guys trying to earn some money in Montauk for the summer. When they meet Driana, JoJo, and Stef, three friends who live a much different life of privilege, Matt and Mike find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility. Worlds collide when the group ventures out to sea aboard a small boat that Stef sneaks out from her dad's dock. As the waves rise and the fragile vessel weakens, things go horribly wrong. Adrift at sea for days, who will have what it takes to survive?" --
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  • Grades 9-12 Matt and John are spending the summer before senior year working on Long Island in the tony Hamptons. The boys are best friends from childhood who happen to share a tragedy that cost the life of John’s father. Both are goal-oriented and driven, and the last thing either of them expects is to be stranded in a poorly equipped boat with three other kids from wealthy families. One of the girls, Estefania, has a serious injury. Her boyfriend, JoJo, is in denial. And her cousin Driana is just trying to hold it together. Matt and John are the only two at all equipped to survive, but Matt, the narrator, is beginning to wonder whether he really ever knew John. Griffin keeps the pages turning; he has a gift for drawing out the suspense and immersing the reader in the story. At the same time, his characters are complex, unpredictable, and entirely authentic. Dispatches from rescue units heighten the suspense. It’s a great summer read—as long as you stay on dry land. -- Scanlon, Donna (Reviewed 09-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 1)
  • Gr 9 Up — Matt and his childhood friend John have summer jobs in the Hamptons before their last year of high school. The summer has gone well, and there are only a few weeks left before school starts again. Matt will return to the selective public school in Manhattan that he has attended since freshman year, and John to the neighborhood public school. Matt hopes to get into Yale, where he wants to major in forestry so he can man a solitary outpost away from people. John wants to get his certification as an electrician like his father. Hoping to make some extra money on their day off, the boys take a couple coolers and fill them with sodas and ice cream bars and head to the beach. They meet Driana, João, and Estefania. What should have been a brief and anonymous exchange alters their lives when Driana invites them to a party she's having. Estefania decides to go out surfing at midnight and thus begins a tragic series of events. Clues about the characters are revealed in a leisurely manner, leaving readers to guess about their true intentions. This contrasts with the rapidity in which the plot progresses, evidenced by Matt's immediate willingness to help people he met only a short time before. VERDICT Recommend to teens who enjoyed Matt de la Peña's The Living (Delacorte, 2013) and other survival stories.—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL --Suanne B. Roush (Reviewed April 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 4, p164)
  • /* Starred Review */ In a terrifying survival story in which past traumas are as visceral and intense as present circumstances, five teenagers try to stay alive after becoming lost off the Atlantic coast. Raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in Queens, friends Matt and John are working in Montauk, N.Y., for the summer when they meet 17-year-old Driana Gonzaga, her Brazilian cousin Estefania, and Estefania’s boyfriend, João. After Estefania attempts some daring night surfing, the other teenagers attempt to rescue her in a small, ill-equipped boat; engine problems soon strand them. Griffin (Burning Blue ) gives his characters just enough know-how to keep them from being completely helpless, but the situation is clearly beyond their control. Police emails and other communications provide brief respites from the rapidly degrading situation on the boat. Profound moments such as when Matt realizes that the “cruel” sun “was just being what it was. A mindless, merciless star that would shine on whatever got in its way” will haunt readers as much as the lethal injuries, worsening weather, class friction, and psychological instability the teenagers face. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 4, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 18, p)
  • Two buddies who have been through trauma together before find themselves with three relative strangers out on the open Atlantic, where survival becomes extremely uncertain. Matt and John work at a state park, where they meet the three, and are working-class in a way that the others don't understand. Stolid John is mechanically minded and still suffers from the death of his father years earlier. Matt is determined to get into Yale and puts his energy toward saving and studying with that goal in mind. Dark, dreadlocked Driana is visiting the park with her cousin Estefania and Stef's boyfriend, João. The latter two are from Rio de Janiero and have a carefree aura of entitlement—though Stef was adopted from the favelas by Driana's uncle after her mother was gunned down in front of her. Griffin explores their individual psychologies and interactions with nuance. Stef has a reckless streak, and her sudden jaunt on a windsurfer leads the others into danger as they go to her aid with a small, open boat. With no radio or gear for the open sea, the craft offers little help for survival as hours, then days pass, the pressures mounting on each in ways designed to test their limits. While the danger is real, the book's at its most riveting as the characters interact and implode. This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin's examination of class. (Adventure. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2015)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10433815
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YDXCP
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1966-
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Griffin, Paul
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL580L
  • Decoding demand: 90 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 83 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 87 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
4.1
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Teenagers
  • Sailing
  • Survival
  • Sailing
  • Survival
  • Teenagers
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Adrift, Paul Griffin
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1094954
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780545709392
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545709392
  • (OCoLC)898911445
Label
Adrift, Paul Griffin
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1094954
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9780545709392
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545709392
  • (OCoLC)898911445

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