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Stranded!: A Mostly True Story from Iceland

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Based on a true story, the author humorously recounts the time his grandfather got stranded with a friend on Surtsey, a brand new volcanic island in Iceland. The adventurers face epic challenges like molten lava, melted eyeglasses and scant supplies before finally getting rescued. Graphic novel-like layouts and spirited text invite readers to search for the one thing that’s not actually true in this thrilling yet light-hearted tale of adventure. Endnotes include information about volcanoes, Icelandic culture and Norse mythology.

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The bright, eye-catching cover of the picturebook, ‘Stranded! A mostly true story’ draws the reader in with humour and kept me guessing throughout about which part was not true. It is a unique, ‘mostly’ true story about the beautiful country of Iceland and a volcano, based on the experiences of the author’s grandfather and the Icelandic volcanoes at Surtsey.

I learnt lots of new information about Iceland and the illustrations were outstanding. As the story progresses, the reader is kept guessing right until the very end and there is a lovely twist that I do not think many would guess!

This is a perfect book for anyone who likes to learn about volcanoes and this real-life account also is complemented by a section about ‘Surtsey’ the World Heritage Site (which this story is about) and lots of information about volcanoes, as well as ‘Did You Know?’ and links to the Gods of Norse Mythology. For this short book, there is something for everyone; it is a gem!

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