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Publisher's Note:

Sage is used to being the fastest runner, the quickest climber, and the strongest swimmer around. And she's also used to taking charge. But when the second race course has the red team diving underwater to explore the Great Barrier Reef, it's trusting her teammates that matters most. It's sink or swim time.... Each chapter in this action-packed adventure series is bursting with totally true facts about wild and wonderful creatures, dangerous habitats, maps, and more!…

Overall Book Review:

The second book in the Race the Wild Series by Kristin Earhart, Great Reef Games is a beginning reader book for those readers cutting their teeth on chapter books (7 to 8 year olds). In this leg of the race the reader joins the characters in Australia, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.

Like its predecessor book, Great Reef Games is an exciting adventure that moves at a great pace.  The competition aspect keeps readers invested in the story and propels them forward to the end of the book.  The familiar characters remain very relatable and they face a whole new set of social challenges, like what it really means to be a good leader. 

As in Rain Forest Relay, the first book in the series, there are interesting fact pages throughout the story, this time about the Great Barrier Reef 

Review of an Advance Review Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Several references to dangerous/poisonous animals; children fear falling while parasailing; child gets seasick, child falls off a boat; children rescue an animal tangled in a net; reference to child breaking arm.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Responsibilty and leadership.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I always say that I love to read and that books are my passion, but as I have grown a little older, I have come to realize that isn’t entirely true. I do love reading, but my true passion is stories. For as long as I can remember I have been completely enthralled with a good story, no matter the medium: books, theater, movies/TV shows–even a few video games (yes, I am a nerd).