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For fans of Gary Paulsen’s classic Hatchet and Lauren Tarshis’s best-selling I Survived series, J. L. Esplin's 96 Miles is a story of survival and desperation as two young brothers confront the worst in humanity - and themselves.

Dad always said if things get desperate, it’s okay to drink the water in the toilet. I never thought it would come to that. I thought I’d sooner die than let one drop of toilet water touch my lips. Yet here I am, kneeling before a porcelain throne, holding a tin mug for scooping in one hand, and my half-gallon canteen in the other.

The Lockwood brothers are supposed to be able to survive anything. Their dad, a hardcore believer in self-reliance, has stockpiled enough food and water at their isolated Nevada home to last for months. But when they are robbed of all their supplies during a massive blackout while their dad is out of town, John and Stew must walk 96 miles in the stark desert sun to get help. Along the way, they’re forced to question their dad’s insistence on self-reliance and ask just what it is that we owe to our neighbors, our kin, and to ourselves.

From talented newcomer J. L. Esplin comes this story of survival and determination as two young brothers confront the unpredictability of human nature in the face of desperate circumstances.

A Macmillan Audio production from Starscape

©2020 J. L. Esplin (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Loved it

I thought this was very well written. I loved the characters and all of their adventures. Yes this story would be great for a the middle school and high school crowd, but I really enjoyed reading a suspenseful, well written story that wasn't full of bad language or explicit sex scenes. It doesn't need that stuff! The story never drags. It's entertaining and surprising. I hope the author writes more stories like this. I'll be a following fan.

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Endearing & Suspenceful

The story of these two brothers who stuck together through a very suspenseful time kept me looking forward to each chapter. You will love the dialogue as well as the story of survival with a few unexpected twists and turns.

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Hooked from the first page

... and it only got better. If you like plot twists and exciting, unexpected events - you’ll love this book. It just keeps getting better and better! Loved it right to the end. I highly recommend it.

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couldn't stop listening

this is such a great book. I listened to it for my book club and wow. This is an incredible story. Well written, with a good message.

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Making state book lists for a reason

Wow!

From page one J. L. Esplin keeps you on the edge of your seat with captivating characters in desperate circumstances. It’s a survival suspense-thriller that is a perfect read or listen aloud for tweens/teens.

The narrator does a stellar job and fans of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet will not be disappointed.

Looking forward to seeing more books by this very talented author.

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great listen

great listen our faniky lives survivor books. lusten to this in 2 days it was so good.