River Thunder

River Thunder

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by Will Hobbs
     
 

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Jessie, Troy, and the rest of the crew from Downriver have returned to the Grand Canyon for adventure down the Colorado River. In the year since they last were together, each has changed; each feels more mature. But how will they interact now that they are facing new challenges--challenges greater than anything they've had to deal with at home?

For Troy, it is

Overview

Jessie, Troy, and the rest of the crew from Downriver have returned to the Grand Canyon for adventure down the Colorado River. In the year since they last were together, each has changed; each feels more mature. But how will they interact now that they are facing new challenges--challenges greater than anything they've had to deal with at home?

For Troy, it is a chance to prove he can be a team player, someone worthy of friendship and love. For Jessie, the river is the ultimate test. Does she have what it takes to row down the mighty Colorado? The only way to find out is to get into the raft and set off to face the thundering rapids and the powerful emotions that the river unleashes.


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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
Thanks to some secretive wheeling and dealing, the self-proclaimed "Hoods in the Woods" group from Downriver (Atheneum, 1991) is back for a second attempt at conquering the mighty Colorado River-this time without the aid of a professional counselor or guide. Fans of Hobbs's earlier whitewater adventure tale will be disappointed in this uninspired sequel. None of the characters are more fully developed than they were the first time we met them, and the interaction among them seems forced and trite. Young adults who appreciate veracity in their fiction may find themselves questioning how realistic it is, from a safety standpoint, that the group is allowed to continue its journey through the Grand Canyon despite unusually dangerous and turbulent weather conditions. The detailed blow by blow descriptions of how the group tackles various rapids combine with a host of technical terms to make this a must-read for only a small group of YAs, those with a strong interest in whitewater rafting. Even Troy's attempt to rekindle a romance with Jessie fails to raise any genuine interest in what happens to either of them. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpThe premise is that the cast from Downriver (Atheneum, 1991) has been asked to work as interns by "Discovery Unlimited" owner Al, rejoining him for a raft trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Their joyful reunion at the launch site is stressed almost to the breaking point when they find out that Troy, the manipulative, buffed, bad boy who nearly sank their earlier escapade, has bankrolled this trip, and that Al is not involved at all. Setting aside misgivings about Troy's duplicity, they row off, settling into a realistic rhythm of river work, problem solving, play, and stress management. The characters are interesting individuals who have changed in mostly positive ways since their first trip together. Jessie gains confidence and knowledge with each challenge. Troy's problems escalate with the rising level of the water, and it's gradually revealed that he has stalked Jessie throughout the previous summer, obsessed with making his fantasy of a relationship with her take shape. The climactic resolution with Troy comes just before they plummet through Lava Falls, which, if predictably plotted, is thrillingly told. The culture of the commercial canyon runners is aptly described. From the raft-eating big drop on the cover to the author's informative note at the end, the vivid descriptions deliver high-volume excitement sure to entice many readers into booking a ride on any subsequent sequels.Joel Shoemaker, Southeast Jr. High School, Iowa City, IA
Kirkus Reviews
Hobbs (Ghost Canoe, p. 557, etc.) reunites the characters of Downriver (1991) for this rapids-shooting adventure. Jessie and her adopted sister, Star, tough-talking Rita, macho man Pug, and later, wisecracking Adam all arrive ready to raft down the Grand Canyon's Colorado River, presumably at the invitation of Al, a tour outfitter; unfortunately, when the handsome and charismatic Troy also shows up, the teens discover that they've all been duped. Troy seeks to make amends for ruining their rafting the previous year, and so has made all the arrangements and paid for the group to go downriver again. Wary at first, the teens agree, and in no time they're shooting through curlers, suckholes, and rooster tails in a pulse-pounding narrative. Jessie, despite her fear, steers a raft down the river's 160 rapids in record-high water caused by a rough winter and careless management of damn spillage. Hobbs's familiarity with whitewater rafting provides authenticity, and while this bunch knows their sport, they nevertheless wind up in the soup more than once. While the crisis point of the novel seems a bit too altruistic—the neurotic Troy follows his better impulses and saves Rita from drowning—the story of these disparate youths coming together for an adventure that risks their lives and strengthens their hearts is ultimately uplifting.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307544339
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/23/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
522,935
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of several novels, including the Avon titles Bearstone, Kokopelli's Flute, and Far North, and the American Library Association has recognized four of Will's novels as Best Books for Young Adults. His novel Downriver was chosen as one of the ALA's 100 Best of the Best Books of the past 25 years. Winner of the California Young Reader Medal, Downriver was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Downriver has been nominated for state awards in Texas, Utah, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington. Hobbs lived in many places during his youth, including Alaska, Texas and California. He and his wife, Jean, now live in the mountains outside of Durango, Colorado. Downriver and River Thunder draw heavily on Hobbs' own experience rafting down the Colorado and also demonstrate his tremendous love of and respect for nature.

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River Thunder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Ash14 More than 1 year ago
River Thunder Review The book River Thunder was a great read! The author, Will Hobbs, did a wonderful job in creating this book. The book is basically about a group of friends that travel down the rapids of the Colorado. There are five main characters that go down the rapids together: Rita, Troy, Star, Adam, Pug, and Jessie. They main conflict throughout the book is worrying about how theyu will get down each rapid. Jessie and Troy had been in a relationship the summer before and they get into arguments throughout the entire story. Jessie learns a new trick during the first few days that helps her on almost every major rapid. Before going down the extreme rapids they would find a place to lay out a plan on how they would like to go down. They get down both Lava, and Crystal without flipping either of the two boats. The protagonist in this story would most definitely be Jessie, the seventeen year old biker girl. She was the pilot on one of only two boats and was the narrator. She learned a new trick and used it the entire two weeks down the river. She also kept everyone from fighting with Troy, the protagonist. Throughout the story Jessie becomes a better boat pilot and deals with her problems with Troy. Without her the trip wouldn't have even started, because Troy invited everyone to get Jessie to come. The characters in this book are just like your basic teenagers. They all met at a summer camp one year and they get back together. These characters remind me of the ones in "I Know What You Did Last Summer". In that book there are a few teens that are having relationship problems. Troy is your typical rich kid and ladies man. He is like the Prince in the book "The Princess Diaries". Also the situation of being on the water going down the river reminds me of the book "Thunder River". In "Thunder River", there is a little boy on a raft going down the river trying not to flip the entire way down just like Troy and Jessie. I enjoyed reading this book because it was exciting to visualize what was going on in the book. I did not like the end of the book when Troy and Jessie decided to stay away from each other. This book is unique because it informs you about the Grand Canyon's history in a book that can relate to a teenager. He probably could have killed a person or two just to put a twist on things. I would recommend this book to others because it is easy to follow what is happening and it has facts tied in with it too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Downriver, the prequel to River Thunder, as a reading assignment for English. By the time I finished it, I was hooked on the plot and was desperate to read the sequel. River Thunder fufilled all of my expectations-it os a truly great book. In it, a group of teenagers gets together and, with the main character Jessie and her would-be-boyfriend Troy as their leaders, decide to run the 200 rapids of the Grand Canyon. Along the way, they meet friends and discover things that they never dreamed of about each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Downriver in one of my English classes in high school. I enjoyed the book so much I immediately began looking for 'River Thunder'. It's an amazaing and wonderful book offering a life lesson to all those who read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good but inconvlusive. I was really bummed freddy wasnt in the book bc i thought he played a significant role in downriver. Im not sure what to think about troy and jessie, but i could visualize everything really well and never got tired of turning pages. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first book and was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are tons of spelling mistaks. Wwhen there suld be a 't there is an 's, insted of don't they spell it don's
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reaad down river
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Jelsing My curiosity was sparked when I started reading this exciting book, River Thunder, written by Will Hobbs. Eleven teenagers start a 211 mile trip down the rivers in Colorado. From the start, Troy deceived them. He told them he was Adam, so he could get together with Jessie who was on the second raft. During this adventure, they encounter challenging rapids, obstructions and difficulties maneuvering the waters. Also, as time is passing, the waters are rising to record-levels. About five days into the trip, Jessie finds out from Rita that Troy has been hiding a copy of her web page in his bag. She is worried about it and wonders why he has it. It also seems like he wants her to fail because she is a better river rafter than he. He unties a raft she is sleeping on and sends it out in the river. She wakes up as she is floating away. This makes her scared even though he does pull her in. Eventually he figures out Jessie doesn¿t like him and he wants to call it quits. But the others want to continue and they finish the voyage according to plan. I think adventurous, outdoor lovers would appreciate this book. At times the story seems to be repetitive, doing the same thing again and again. Overall, it¿s a 7 out of 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am forteen years old. I had to read DownRiver for a summer reading book for High School. Once I finished that book I HAD to read this book. I am really picky when it comes to books, but this book was action packed. And it had a great plot! A romance story mixed in with a story of survival.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is aswome! I had a totaly thrilling and a nail-bitting expereance reading this book! I just coulden't put it down! I started at 8:00 in the morning and didnt finish untill 2:00pm. You must read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book 'River Thunder' by Will Hobby is the greatets adventure book out. I could not put it down. I think that Will Hobbs should create a companion to 'River Thunder' just like he did for 'Down River. I believe it would attract many readers and be a complete success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, compaign to Downriver by Will Hobbs, is the best action adventure to add to Will Hobbs collection. The story takes place in the summer on the Grand Canyon. In Downriver the group of kids stole a raft and went down the river without a permit. In this book they meet up again only to find that their leader is nun other than the leader of the last trip. They deal with rapids and flips on the rafts. This is a good book to read if you like action adventure. That is my opion on River Thunder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It turns out that the sequel to downriver is just as exciting as the first,unlike so many sequels. I thouroughly enjoyed it although it may be because the river itself is farmiliar to me. Atleast I can say that he portrays the river very accurately. I gave it 4 stars because it is not exactly classical great literature but it is definately a kick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
River Thunder Review By Will Hobbs (Fiction) Jessie is the most significant character in this story because she has a funny personality an let know one walk all over her. She¿s always going off and on with her boyfriend Troy, who¿s a person who has a weird personality. The way that Jessie is used in this book is that she would be any other girl who breaks off with their boyfriend and let him have a chance to change his personality. She takes him and her and her friends on a river raft trip in the mountains. Her friends don¿t like Troy and they wonder why she¿s taking him with them. This setting was hot, dry, and very rocky Mountains with steep waterfalls. This place wasn¿t like any other place, they would be able to be alone and free roaming around with no security, there¿s only land, and a huge river. Jessie¿s parents were convincing them that they were going to a boring place, but when they saw the environment they were happy because they like river rafting. The author makes you feel like that you are with that family at the mountains and doing what we will do in the situation there in. I would love to be at because you could do this at any place with a big river. There was not a major theme in this story except when you go on a vacation don¿t bring your ex boyfriend because they might cause a little trouble for you and your family and friends. There were a couple of drama scenes in the writer¿s style, like when they went through a river of high level rapids. The writer always liked to stir things up and give us more clues on what happens later and makes you think. This was always used as a 3rd person view and was used very consistently throughout the book. There was always a little bit of suspense in the book, like when her boyfriend was going to ditch them or when they are going to get hurt on a river. There wasn¿t much action scenes but there was a lot of drama between the friends. The author¿s point of view was very important to me because he taught me that your friends are the closest to you and don¿t go anywhere alone in a suspicious place. I liked this book, but what disappointed me was that there weren¿t a lot of action scenes. The last book I read was bloody, gory, and full of excitement. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes river rafting and drama.