300 Minutes Of Danger by Jack Heath
Published by Scholastic Australia
Where would you hate to be trapped, with whom or... what? Ten ordinary kids have to find the amazing in themselves... in thirty minutes...or die!
You won't be able to put down this action-packed thriller, even better read with the minutes ticking over in the margins. Luckily you only have to find thirty minutes at a time to finish each of the ten stories in this hold-your-breath scarefest. Or take it on a long car trip and read it in one sitting like I did, certainly made the long ride more exciting.
The bold burnt orange and black cover design ominously suggests what is to come, '10 stories, 10 dangerous situations, 10 brave kids, 30 minutes to escape.' This theme is continually highlighted with the danger-symbol illustrations at the start of every chapter, each different and related to the tantalizing tale which follows. The innovative use of the countdown in the margins, as part of this book's format adds to the tension of the fast-paced text.
Ten ordinary children must use all their intelligence, courage, skill and resourcefulness in these ten separate fights for survival. George's plane is crashing, Otto is at the bottom of the ocean, Kim faces dangerous criminals and Tony has half an hour to get to the hospital. To make it an even more satisfying adventure, Heath has given several of the stories the same futuristic setting or other plot links to ingeniously connect them to each other.
Highly recommended for children aged 10+.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Jack Heath
Title: 300 Minutes Of Danger
Published: September 2015