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No way does Greg feel in the mood for white-water rafting with his father and half-brother, James. Greg's father feels this trip. will make Greg more, adventurous and help him get over his fears. But the trip becomes a living nightmare when a rattlesnake bites Greg's father leaving him dangerously ill. There's no help nearby. Greg must take charge of the raft and pull together with James through the rough rapids. Every moment counts. They must save their father's life. ...
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Overview

No way does Greg feel in the mood for white-water rafting with his father and half-brother, James. Greg's father feels this trip. will make Greg more, adventurous and help him get over his fears. But the trip becomes a living nightmare when a rattlesnake bites Greg's father leaving him dangerously ill. There's no help nearby. Greg must take charge of the raft and pull together with James through the rough rapids. Every moment counts. They must save their father's life.

Greg confronts his own fears and assumes a leadership role when his father is bitten by a rattlesnake during a white-water rafting trip.

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Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
The crisis in this adventure book takes place over the course of just one day and night, but it's a life-changing 24 hours for its young protagonist. Greg is bullied into whitewater rafting with his father and half-brother. When a rattlesnake bites his dad, Greg has to take charge. This may sound ordinary, but the writing is top-notch-you can FEEL that cold water sluicing into the raft as it spins. Kids will likely want to consume this book in one sitting.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Greg's parents divorced when he was very young, and he lives with his mother in San Francisco. His father lives 200 miles away with his second wife and son. Once a month, Greg and his Dad spend a Saturday together, alternating the choice of activity. Greg, a smart but fearful kid, is appalled when his father announces plans for a two-day, character-building, white-water rafting outing with both sons. Soon after the trip begins, when Greg has barely had time to learn the basics, his father is bitten by a rattlesnake, and the boys' real adventure begins. Realizing that they can't wait for help to come to them, the youngsters pull together and push forward on a course that will test their courage, ingenuity, and physical strength. Petersen creates and sustains sympathetic characters, and involves them in situations where their mettle can be truly tested. Readers will be quickly caught up in the action and carried along through the rapids and boulders to the very end. It is particularly pleasing to find an excellent adventure story written at a level that younger readers can handle, and that will keep older readers fully engaged.Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
Kirkus Reviews
Though similar in concept to Marion Dane Bauer's Face to Face (1991), this pulse-pounding adventure features characters who are considerably more likable.

When his father, whom he usually only sees once a month, proposes a white-water rafting trip, Greg is not keen on the idea of danger as fun. After surviving an earthquake, a holdup, and a shooting, he has become understandably timid; Petersen (Liars, 1992, etc.) presents Greg's fears as warranted and sensible, as are his father's concerns that Greg is becoming too fearful. When his father is bitten by a rattlesnake during the trip, Greg hauls him and his half-brother, James, out of the wilderness—against overwhelming obstacles—in time to get him to a doctor. The character development is acute and believable: Greg learns to be less fearful, while his father finds that timidity does not imply a lack of courage. The book is a thrill ride—as the complications mount and a grittily determined Greg ingeniously responds to them, readers will come to admire him as much as James does.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689806643
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 107
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    I am a Grader in junior high school reading this for a BCA activity

    i feel that this is a good book that is recommended for children under the age of 11. i am now 14 years old and this book was too easy for me. but i feel that the book had a good story line and that its an easy and exciteing book for children to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2004

    is this the end?

    when james was really young, his parents divorced, so now his dad lives really far away with his new wife, and other son named james, when 1 day when his dad gets to choose what to do for the weekend, he chooses white water rafting, and when greg found out, he didn't wanna go at all, then when they do go, greg and james's dad gets bit by a rattle snake, and now it's up to greg and james to save their dad's life with only a raft and a few other things, and they have to go through some really strong waters that almost get their dad killed when their taking him down the river, so they have to go down the river to get to the bus that is there waiting for them, and they have to get their dad to a hospital fast in order to save his life in the very small amount of time they have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    LOVED IT

    it was the best, LOVED IT SOSOSOSO RECCOMMENED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    I loved the book so much!!!!!!

    I liked the book alot. I liked the book because it was exciting . I hate when Greg's parents got divorcoed. and i know some people hate to go rafting and I hate it to you never know you may get hurt.

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