The Raft, a 2014 Teen Award Book, is a tale of enduring hardship in an effort to survive. Roby, a 15 year old girl hops a flight on a cargo plane en route to Midway Atoll (a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean) which has been her home for several years. Her parents who are research biologists are unaware that Roby decided to cut short her vacation in Hawaii. Little does Roby realize that the information she has gleaned over the years from living on Midway will help her when tragedy strikes. Tragedy occurs when the cargo plane crashes out at sea during a storm. She is saved by Max, the copilot, who becomes her companion on the life raft. Roby learns a great deal about Max during the struggle to survive. Out on the ocean, Roby endures physical and psychological hardships. When the raft finally lands on an island, survival is not a guarantee since the island is abandoned. Throughout the ordeal Roby struggles and tries to remain strong as her hope wanes.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.