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. Volume XII Number 8 . . . . December 9, 2005
Jake and Peter have forged a strong friendship after surviving a series of close calls in previous “Take It to the Xtreme” books. In Surf Zone, the athletic duo continue their adventures as junior guides on a kayak tour off the coast of Vancouver Island. The narrative alternates chapter by chapter between Jake’s and Peter’s points of view, revealing an underlying rivalry between the two friends. Soon, Jake and Peter are competing for more than the biggest waves when they find themselves paired with a gorgeous 15-year-old French girl on a scuba diving expedition. After exploring an underwater cave, the divers run out of oxygen and must fight for survival on a deserted island.
Surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving are described in rich detail. Comprised mainly of action sequences, Surf Zone will appeal to sports and adventure fans. The characterization is superficial, but the plot is strong enough to carry the reader’s interest. It is not necessary to read the entire “Take It to the Xtreme” series to enjoy Surf Zone. The three teens learn about self-reliance as they negotiate several narrow escapes involving a giant octopus, thieves and a deadly storm. Facts about wilderness survival and local wildlife appear frequently throughout the story.
Heidi Dolamore is a candidate for Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia.
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