Rain Forest Relay (Race the Wind series) by Kristin Earhart

Published by Scholastic Paperbacks

Summary:  Russell has been chosen to take part in “Race the Wild”, a race that takes place through several ecosystems and carries a $1 million prize for the winners.  Much to his disappointment, the friends who were also chosen are all on the same team, and he’s been placed with three strangers.  They quickly bond as they make their way through the Amazon rain forest, solving the clues and photographing animals to move on to the next challenge.  They finish this first leg of this race second to Russell’s friends’ team, but Russell has evidence that his friends have cheated.  Stay tuned for episode two, which takes place in the Great Barrier Reef.  Grades 2-4.

Pros:  Lots of adventures as the kids move through the rain forest.  At the end of each chapter is information on an animal mentioned in the chapter.  The cliffhanger at the end will leave readers looking for the next book in the series.

Cons:  Prepare to suspend your disbelief as you read about these minimally supervised kids racing dodging piranhas and jaguars to split a million dollars

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