Illustrator: Brian Ajhar
Series: Shipwreckers #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 21, 2019
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
My content rating: MG (MG-level violence)
When Dani and her big brother Mike find themselves aboard the ill-fated river expedition of careless adventurer, Captain Kevin, they must work together to save themselves and the captain from all manner of deadly trials and traps.
Complete with treacherous temples, ancient idols, and plenty of explosions, Shipwreckers is a big adventure that brings humor along for a dangerous and thrilling ride up the Amazon. In a place where laughter meets non-stop action, you'll find Shipwreckers and its cast of soon-to-be fan-favorite characters.
This book is a hilarious and perilous adventure, filled with action, goofy puns, and a nice helping of heart. When I read the author’s bios and saw that they write for kids’ TV, it all made so much sense–the book reads like an animated movie. It’s full of larger-than-life characters who make you laugh out loud (Captain Kevin Adventureson is incredibly clueless and yet full of himself, but he still manages to be lovable at the same time) and the kind of hold-your-breath swashbuckling adventures that keep you turning the pages. I promise you will never get bored when you read this book. But it doesn’t feature all that action at the expense of character development–I especially loved Mike’s journey toward understanding that it’s okay to take risks sometimes. He’s always been cautious and overprotective of his little sister Dani, especially since she got hurt when he was supposed to be watching her (he was only eight at the time). Dani, on the other hand, is a little reckless–she’s used to having her big brother around to watch out for her. Both of these kids learn lessons about life and family during their adventure. The emotional story is weaved into the action seamlessly, though, so you’re always looking forward to what disaster will befall the group next (there are a lot of them!).
If you’re a fan of humorous kids’ adventure stories, you can’t go wrong with this book!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About The Author
Scott Peterson (aka Scott David Peterson) is currently the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the upcoming Netflix animated series, “The Last Kids on Earth.”
Scott was nominated for a primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program for writing Nickelodeon’s “Escape from Cluster Prime” and for an episode of Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb.”
He has worked as a writer for Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon, among others, for the last decade. Most recently, Scott has been a story editor for Disney TV Animation on “Milo Murphy’s Law,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Kick Buttowski,” “The Replacements,” and “Emperor’s New School.” He has also written for such series as “Brandy and Mr. Whiskers,” “Danny Phantom,” “The X’s,” “Robotboy,” “Tutenstein,” and “Pet Aliens.” Oh, and “The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.” Remember that one?
Scott is also the author of many top-selling children’s books including “Phineas and Ferb’s Guide to Life,” “Agent P’s Guide to Fighting Evil,” and “The Book of Doof.” He recently co-authored his first novelization of the recently released Disney live-action feature of “The Jungle Book” and signed with Disney Hyperion to write his original middle-grade novel “Shipwreckers” with writing partner Joshua Pruett. He also pens multi-page comics for Nickelodeon and Disney.
He has written for every genre and media imaginable including video games, live action features, IMAX 3D films, interactive internet projects, amusement park venues, instructional DVD’s, hotel comedy wake-up calls, and perhaps most importantly, for the Weekly World News.
He lives in South Pasadena with his beautiful wife and two occasionally adorable children.
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Joshua Pruett is a Primetime Emmy Nominated writer and human-author-person who splits his time unevenly between Gallifrey and Los Angeles with his incredible Wife/High School Sweetheart/Knitter/Singer Amanda and their boy and girl-shaped children. He is currently living out a dream come true, writing dialogue for Weird Al Yankovic’s mouth on Disney XD’s MILO MURPHY’S LAW (2016).
As a Writer/Artist, Joshua has over a decade of experience inflicting laughter on others, with credits on the history making Kickstarter relaunch of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (coming to Netflix in early 2017), PHINEAS AND FERB, and the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON franchise. He has worked as a storyboard artist, writer and creative consultant for Disney TV, DreamWorks Feature Animation, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks TV, Awesomeness TV, Sprout/NBC Universal, Disney China/Beijing, Zombie Bake Shop, Netflix and Paramount Feature Animation. Most recently, he developed THE HAUNTED MANSION for Disney TV with his friend and writing partner, Scott Peterson.
His first novel, THE JUNGLE BOOK: THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK, with Scott Peterson, adapts the 2016 live action feature film into a fun for all ages novel for young readers.
Joshua is also internet famous for getting a WIN on failblog (just type “EPIC WIN DAD” into Google Image search — he and his daughter’s award-winning Halloween costume is the first photo to come up).
3 Winners will receive a finished copy of SHIPWRECKERS, US Only.
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Sounds like a fun read! I really want to try reading more MG novels. There are so many wonderful books out there. I’m glad it had good character development too. 🙂
I’m really enjoying MG lately!!
This sounds like such a fun middle grade! And after reading the authors’s bios I feel like it must be such a fun romp. Any one who has had a part in Phineas and Ferb is in my good books!
Yes, when I read their bios it all made so much sense! The book has the exact feeling of those types of fun shows.
ooooh this sounds super fun! I have two young boys who are always hammering me for MG recommendations and I hate to disappoint their mom not having any for them. I will have to suggest these. I like that there is a little sister too. It will be good for them to experience a girl. ❤️
Oh, this would be PERFECT for them!