By Eric Walters
Rating - ****
I found this book of survival in the Sahara desert very inspirational. When you read a book about a person doing something extraordinary or brave, you will want to follow in their footsteps and do the same. That is exactly what this story made me want to do, and I believe that is what makes a book valuable.
“Just Deserts” is about a spoiled boy named Ethan with a drinking problem who is the son of a very rich and respected business man. After getting kicked out of yet another school for drinking and bad attitude, the father decides to throw his son off in the middle of the Sahara desert with a backpack and instructions on what he needs to do to get out. The book follows him through a great adventure in the desert where he meets a group of young hikers. As the story goes on Ethan begins to learn from his peers and loses some of his stubborn and arrogant attitude, but not before getting lost and nearly dying. He eventually makes it out of the desert as a brand new person. Interestingly enough, the phrase “just deserts” can also refer to a punishment.
I learned a lot from this book. I learned that if you become severe dehydrated you are not recommended to drink all the water you finally get instantly. That can cause severe damage to your throat. Instead, you are supposed to drink one drop at a time, so your throat can rehydrate and take on more water.
I do recommend this book to my friends.
Eric Walters – Just Deserts. Published in Toronto Ont. by 2011 by Puffin