Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Although neither fifteen-year-old Mark Severson nor his diabetic cousin Randy are looking forward to the canoe trip that is a family rite of passage, they begin to enjoy themselves as they make their way through Minnesota's lake country, until the trip becomes a fight for survival.

Although neither fifteen-year-old Mark Severson nor his diabetic cousin Randy are looking forward to the canoe trip that is a family rite of passage, they begin to enjoy themselves as they...

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Overview

Although neither fifteen-year-old Mark Severson nor his diabetic cousin Randy are looking forward to the canoe trip that is a family rite of passage, they begin to enjoy themselves as they make their way through Minnesota's lake country, until the trip becomes a fight for survival.

Although neither fifteen-year-old Mark Severson nor his diabetic cousin Randy are looking forward to the canoe trip that is a family rite of passage, they begin to enjoy themselves as they make their way through Minnesota's lake country, until the trip becomes a fight for survival.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Crisis looms large when two teenage cousins, one of whom is diabetic, are sent on a week-long canoe trip, their family's traditional rite of manhood. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)
The ALAN Review - John Jacob
Family tradition dictates that Mark canoe, camp, and fish the Boundary Waters just like family members before him. Mark is not overly enthusiastic about this trip, partly because his cousin Randy is going, and Randy knows nothing about canoeing or camping. After early friction, the two get along until a bear destroys their food cache, which has Randy's insulin in it, and Mark's map-reading mistake gets their canoe smashed. Carter is very good at presenting the relationship between two boys who barely know one another, but who both try to salvage moments of their trip together. Dialogue in particular is very realistic, as are the vulnerabilities that both do not want to reveal to one another. There are moments when the text seems overly idyllic in description, and Carter sees a need to present both boys as heroic. Still, the book is a page-turner, very fluid and realistic, and bound to join the rest of Carter's books as another ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Randy, 15, and his outdoorsy cousin Mark canoe into the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. They are the third generation in their family to take this coming-of-age journey, and each boy harbors doubts. Mark feels completely inadequate compared to his older brother, and he isn't sure the girl he has been seeing will wait 10 days for him. Randy's parents seem to be just going through the motions of staying together; his diabetes may be the only glue holding them together. The first few days go well; then, in quick succession, a bear gets their food and rapids destroy their canoe, stripping them of most of their remaining supplies and equipment. Both are at the brink of death when Mark courageously struggles to bring rescuers to Randy, who has fallen unconscious in the woods. Both young men are interesting, multidimensional characters who face their problems (physical, mental, emotional) realistically and effectively. Their language, too, is realistically immoderate, both in their everyday conversation and in response to the extraordinary difficulties they face. In the end, they know they have grown stronger, and perhaps wiser. Readers who enjoyed Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (Macmillan, 1987), Ivy Ruckman's No Way Out (Crowell, 1988), and Thomas Baird's Walk Out a Brother (HarperCollins, 1983; o.p.) should revel in this survival tale.-Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Jr. High School, Iowa City, IA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590374866
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.83 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    25 pages

    Very little story line. Really hot sex. $2.00 for 25 pages no not worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Amazing!!! Great read! Short and very well written! Enjoy!!

    Hot. Hot. Hot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    First book?

    I love this book but i can't seem to find the first book "hard as a rock"
    It would have been a better read if i had read the first one first :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Short and erotic

    Good sex but no real storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Ge Re Great Book

    Amzazing and well ritte
    Great And Well Ploted!





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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2010

    It's a really cool book to read.

    This book is about two teenagers camping out so far that their dad wanted them to have fun.His brother's nephew Mark and his friend or cousin is a really nice people. Mark is sometimes mean but they both are like family. Mark's dad is always mean to him. He's only sometimes mean to him. Mark he always yells out loud but he is getting used to stop yelling. This is the nicest book ever it is the best, the funniest, and the sweetest book ever.They were in the canoe going down the stream. They were just talking and yelling at each other. Their dad and uncle were talking to them. His dad was telling his son and his friend or cousin to tie that sack of food up in a tree. When his dad and uncle left they just got done. Their dad told them to go on a different island. Their dad and uncle were laughing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Awesome

    This book was awesome It¿s got to be the best book I have read in a long time. This book is inspirational how Mark kept going when there was nothing left. He had the courage that it took to go brave it on his own to save a friend. How he saved the canoe, that was very suspenseful. He went back to find him with a broken collar bone and Hamburger for feet. How he did that had to be friendship and a lot of adrenalin. If you¿re thinking about reading this book then do it I couldn¿t put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    wow

    This book was a real good one. You cant get much better. I simply could not take my hands off the book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2002

    Awesome Book

    I read this book when I was in middle school and I couldn't put it down. I am not an outdoorsy, camping person. But reading this book made me want to go camping, even after reading about their struggles. This book was incredibly entertaining and a bit suspenseful and I enjoyed it! A good book for middle school students.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2000

    Kool

    This book was really good. You couldn't put it down.

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