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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
     

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

3.9 15
by Alden R. Carter
 

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A wilderness trek becomes a life-and-death situation in this riveting tale by the award-winning author of "Up Country" and "Dogwolf". When their canoe tips, two boys--one of whom is diabetic--lose all their supplies and must depend on sheer wits and courage to survive.

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A wilderness trek becomes a life-and-death situation in this riveting tale by the award-winning author of "Up Country" and "Dogwolf". When their canoe tips, two boys--one of whom is diabetic--lose all their supplies and must depend on sheer wits and courage to survive.

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
Frances Bradburn
Alden Carter has written the ultimate YA survival novel, one that will immediately come to mind when a reader requests another book just like Gary Paulsen's "Hatchet". Mark and his cousin Randy set off on their family's traditional male rite of passage, a 10-day canoe trip through the Minnesota lake country. Neither approaches the trip with enthusiasm. Mark, hardly the outdoor type, is leaving a girlfriend, and Randy is a diabetic who, Mark believes, uses his illness to avoid work. Yet both realize that in order to survive this experience, they'll need to work together; to enjoy it, get along. And, after a few initial skirmishes, they do begin to relish both the trip and each other's company as they canoe, camp, fish, and outsmart lake, terrain, and even a bear--that is, until the bear outsmarts them, felling a tree that protects the boys' food pack, which is Randy's lifeline. Carter does a masterful job of creating disquieting tension as the boys become more and more content--and adroit--with themselves and with their camping skills. Readers will know that it can't last. It doesn't, and the boys and readers alike are plunged into a terrifying race for survival. Next stop: movie rights!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613113298
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Angel's Guilty Pleasures Review Between a Rock and a Hard Place is a continuation of the couple in book one Cal and Iliona, but we add Cal's twin brother Gran into the mix. It's a short quick read focusing on the sex which is hot, dirty, sensual with some m/f/m. We don't get a plot, but we do get a little information about the world. I usually don't enjoy such fast-past, no plot reads, but this was an enjoyable read. Some of the books in the PPA series are short stories like this, while others are much fuller. *Disclaimer: I purchased this book for my own consumption. I was not given any type of copy for a review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very little story line. Really hot sex. $2.00 for 25 pages no not worth the money.
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Hot. Hot. Hot
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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 :/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good sex but no real storyline.
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Amzazing and well ritte Great And Well Ploted!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a real good one. You cant get much better. I simply could not take my hands off the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. You couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.