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96 Miles

By: J. L. Esplin
Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
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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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Intense

Great action packed read. Clean read for middle school age that will also teach them a few things a topic or two.

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Loved it

Best book I’ve read in a long time I loved the characters and how they survived

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Wonderful YA book

96 miles takes place in the middle of nowhere Nevada. It's not really a dystopian future, it is more of a disaster that shuts down society (the parameters of the disaster are unclear, but not really important). Its main characters are children, though they do have to deal with some unsavory adults. The author takes a bad situation, thinks of what could be worse, and then writes about that! I appreciated the diabetic character. I think this would hold middle grade students' attention very well! I enjoyed it too!

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I’m a 7th grader and i was doing this for a book report

I chose this book bc I didn’t know which one and at first i thought it was bad. When i started to get into the book more it got rlly suspenseful and tbh it was a great book! I hope more writers make more of these books. I could also relate to John a l bit bc he’s the same age as me and yeh but 10/10!

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BEAUTIFUL STORY

The story was awesome and perfect, and the ending was peak and wholesome thanks.

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Awesome book

Loved the survival in this book. As a type 1 mom. I would have liked a heads up so I could be ready.

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Excellent

My 13 year old daughter and I read this together. The story line kept us going and always wanting to listen to one more chapter. Excellent book!

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