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What is the rising action of the first book in the "Gone" series?

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I'm doing a book report on Gone by Michael Grant and i'm trying to decide if when everyone looks up to Sam for leadership in the begining is part of the exposition or the rising action. I have written that the Coates kids arriving at the Perdido Beach, the kids beginnin to realize the food situation,the powers beginning to progress, the animals mutating, and the sevarity of the poof set in as part of the rising action. When all the kids come lookng for Sam is that partof the rising action too? Or is that just introducing Sam so it's the exposition?