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Take Me to the River

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by Will Hobbs
     
 

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Deep in trouble, deep in the canyons

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands has come all the way to the Big Bend on the Texas-Mexico border to paddle the fabled Rio Grande with his cousin Rio. As the boys are packing their raft and canoe for ten days in the canyons, six Black Hawk helicopters appear overhead and race across the river into Mexico. The Army warns them that

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Deep in trouble, deep in the canyons

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands has come all the way to the Big Bend on the Texas-Mexico border to paddle the fabled Rio Grande with his cousin Rio. As the boys are packing their raft and canoe for ten days in the canyons, six Black Hawk helicopters appear overhead and race across the river into Mexico. The Army warns them that a hurricane is approaching the coast.

Convincing themselves that their chances of running into a storm are slim, Dylan and Rio launch onto the wildest and most remote waters in the Southwest. Downriver, a man appears with a seven-year-old boy, begging for help . . . and the storm is upon them. Danger, suspense, and the ever-looming troubles in Mexico drive this white-knuckle adventure forward at a breakneck pace.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Dylan, 14, arrives in the Terlingua Ghost Town of West Texas, looking forward to paddling the Rio Grande with an uncle and a cousin he has never met. However, he quickly discovers that his uncle has taken a temporary job in Alaska and his 15-year-old cousin, Rio, is home alone. The boys decide that they can run the river on their own and are soon on their way. They run into a hurricane named Dolly, a murderous gangster, and a young boy in jeopardy. Will Hobbs's fast-paced adventure story (HarperCollins. 2011) will hold the attention of listeners. Detailed descriptions help ground the tale and give it a sense of place. Steven Boyer gives each character a distinct voice. Dylan, who narrates the tale, comes across as matter of fact, fitting the character well. Boyer does a nice job of pacing so that the tension builds and listeners are in a state of constant anticipation. For action-adventure fans looking for a unique setting.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
When fifteen-year-old Dylan Sands arrives in Texas to take a whitewater river trip on the Rio Grande, he expects to see his uncle and cousin waiting for him. The fact that they are not at the bus stop is only the first indication that this is not going to be just a river trip. Dylan finds his cousin Rio, and the pair embark on the trip without adult supervision and straight into the remnants of a hurricane. Together they need to use their wits and their previous water experience to maneuver the raft and the canoe through the politically and physically dangerous waters along the Texas and Mexico border. Their trip is both astounding adventure and questionable decision making. When they meet up with Carlos and Diego, a pair attempting to cross the border and enter the United States illegally, everything changes and they soon find themselves paddling for their lives and the lives of their newfound passengers. The Texas border is not a safe place and their decision to travel in the face of National Guard presence does ask the reader to suspend disbelief. At the end, the boys face the consequences of their recklessness. In fact, given all that the boys go through, the ending is just too simplistic, but that does not discount the fast-paced action and the detailed descriptions of the canyons and bluffs along the river. Fans of Hobbs will welcome the wild water experience that he crafts, and reluctant readers will be hooked from the first tarantula. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060741457
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.

Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic. When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.

A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.

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