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Thursday 20 October 2022

Review: 10 Minutes of Danger

What would you do if you were on a school excursion when scientists discovered an asteroid was hurtling toward Earth? 

What would you do if you found out you were in the blast radius, and if you didn’t get out of the way, the whole building was going to come down on top of you? 

Would you have the courage to lead your classmates to safety?

This is the setting of story one in Jack Heath’s new action-packed collection of short stories 10 Minutes of Danger. And from here, things only get more dangerous!

The asteroid creates havoc for a range of kids in a range of different ways, including causing earthquakes, triggering tsunamis and messing with electronics to turn cars into killers. Each story is an action-packed edge-of-your-seat read and takes only 10 minutes to devour. Each features a new protagonist — a new brave kid — that must throw themselves into danger to survive. Twenty seemingly unconnected kids who have only 10 minutes to escape the terrifying situations they find themselves in.

But wait…

Are they unconnected? Are they all individual stories? If you look closely and watch out for the clues, there are secrets within these stories, and when you read them all and get to the end, you’ll be rewarded with the answers you didn’t even know you were looking for.

This is a brilliant book for junior readers. The stories are bite-sized, and there are even time markers throughout each one to tell you how close you are to the end. It’s a small but really positive feature of the book, encouraging readers to keep going.

If you love action, adventure and danger, this one is most definitely for you!

Title: 10 Minutes of Danger
Author: Jack Heath
Publisher: Scholastic, $14.99
Publication Date: 1 July 2022
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760978792
For ages: 8 - 14
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Grade