Take Me to the River

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 from North Carolina to Big Bend National Park, on the Texas/Mexico border, to paddle the fabled Rio Grande. His partner in adventure is a local river rat, his cousin Rio. As the two are packing their boats for ten days in the canyons, six

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Deep in trouble,
Deep in the canyons

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands has come all the way from North Carolina to Big Bend National Park, on the Texas/Mexico border, to paddle the fabled Rio Grande. His partner in adventure is a local river rat, his cousin Rio. As the two are packing their boats for ten days in the canyons, six Black Hawk helicopters appear overhead and race across the river into Mexico.

The army won't tell the boys what's happening, but they are given a weather advisory: A hurricane is approaching the Gulf of Mexico. Dylan and Rio have their hearts set on their trip and can't give it up. Rio believes that their chances of running into border troubles or a major storm are slim to none.

By canoe and raft, Dylan and Rio venture into the most rugged and remote reaches of the U.S./Mexico border. You may well not see another human being during the duration of your trip, the guidebook tells them. They don't, until a man stumbles into camp with a seven-year-old boy. A storm is brewing as the man who calls himself Carlos begs for help . . . and the boy is trembling with fear.

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062069689
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
138,026
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 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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Take Me to the River 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Morgan Taylor More than 1 year ago
Was a really good book! Suggested to many young readers...if you find this boring plz keep reading till the 8th chapter! It will change your mind about this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book suspention in sample...want to buy...recomend a 4 1/2****'star rateing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you don't like it keep reading because it gets more suspenseful as the story goes on. Great Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good so far I only read the frist paragraph
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I think was the book was very interesting and I like it. I thought I wasn’t going to like it when I was going to read it but at the end I liked. In the book there are two boys who want to go to the river and get trapped. And they weren’t even Suppose to go to the river. In the book there are two boys who take a walk to the river and get trapped in a bad storm and have now where else to go. They try to escape the storm but are trapped. Somehow they end up getting out of the storm. The two boys were in trouble when they got home and could never go bake to the river alone and with a boat. I really liked the book and want to read more of Will Hobbs books. I think that his books are very interesting and readable.
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Only on page 31and its so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont have it but it sounds great. I have never say die and am impressed with it...so i want this book too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it was awesome
Tony_Reviews More than 1 year ago
SUCKED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dont waste yo money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think thid book was amazing a must read SPOILER!!!! The boy Diego gets home safely and dad lives SORRY JUST HAD TO SY AND ENJOY THE BOIK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book but their is a better adventrious book call the giver please go under reviews for the giver and you will see my review and at the very bottom of my review it will have my name my name is Jackson G.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess this book is O.K if you like adventure. But in my oppinion it gets boring in thr middle and I truly didn't care if they lived or died. I'm not that in to action books, but this one I didn't even want to read the rest. I may be being a bit harsh but in my oppinion, it's not worth the money. Not a very suspensful, enjoyable read.