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Subject: Ben Mikaelsen
Date Posted: 8/27/2007 2:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2007
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My son was just cleaning out his old closet and found a whole bunch of books, including "Stranded" by Ben Mikaelsen.  Has anyone else run into his works?  They're well-written young adult adventure novels.  
Stranded"  is about a girl who's lost a foot and becomes stranded in the ocean with two dying pilot whales.  OK, it's a bit over the top, but it won several awards.



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Date Posted: 8/29/2007 2:34 AM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2007
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OK...maybe someone knows my favorite of his books, "Sparrowhawk Red."   A young Hispanic boy crosses the border and tangles with drug runners to protect his father's livelihood.  He forges a relationship with a street kid who helps him survive.  It's a lovely book, tho again a bit over the top, but well written and intense.  I've often recommended it for 10-12 yr old boys who are reluctant readers.  He's an author who's a bit off the radar, but worth checking out.

Date Posted: 8/31/2007 7:41 PM ET
Member Since: 3/15/2007
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Sorry, I've never heard of him. I do like survival adventure books, though. I recently read Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, and loved it.