Wild River

Wild River

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by P.J. Petersen
     
 

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When twelve-year-old Ryan reluctantly agrees to join his experienced older brother, Tanner, on a camping trip, he never dreams that it will turn into the most frightening day of his life.

Ryan admits he's no good at sports or outdoor stuff. He'd much rather be playing video games. But Tanner assures him it will be an easy trip. They'll kayak down the Boulder

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When twelve-year-old Ryan reluctantly agrees to join his experienced older brother, Tanner, on a camping trip, he never dreams that it will turn into the most frightening day of his life.

Ryan admits he's no good at sports or outdoor stuff. He'd much rather be playing video games. But Tanner assures him it will be an easy trip. They'll kayak down the Boulder River, fish, and toast marshmallows at night.

When they set out, the river is higher than usual, and the kayaking is scary. Tanner keeps saying there's no reason to worry. But when he's badly hurt in a kayaking accident, Ryan is afraid he's not up to the challenge of saving his brother's life. The only danger Ryan has confronted has been in his video games. What good are those games now, when he's facing a real-life battle?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Ryan goes kayaking and fishing on a California river with his older brother, Tanner, and his gripping adventures will pull even reluctant readers into his first-person narrative. As the boys shoot down rocky rapids, a jagged log in the chute slices into their kayak, toppling them into freezing water, injuring Tanner and leaving him unconscious. Using what he learned from his video games, Ryan is able to stay calm and survive some harrowing situations, and ultimately save both of their lives. Foreshadowing keeps the suspense rolling for careful readers. Safe back home, Ryan refuses to tell anyone except Tanner about his heroic deeds and flips on his favorite video game for solace instead of sharing his feelings with his family. The relationship between the brothers is refreshing; they clearly like each other, and Tanner is in touch with Ryan's needs and accepts him unconditionally. Some readers might wish to see some growth in Ryan as a result of his experiences, but it's more likely that he is having difficulty dealing with what happened and opening up about the events will come later. In theme, this is reminiscent of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987) and Will Hobbs's Downriver (1991, both S & S).—James K. Irwin, Sandy Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Ryan would be the first to tell you that he didn't want to go at all. When teenage Tanner convinces Ryan, his video-game-obsessed 12-year-old brother, to join him on an exciting camping trip, neither of them has a clue what's in store. A fun kayak down the Boulder River starts out well enough, but when an unexpected accident leads to Tanner's being injured, it's up to Ryan to get help. The problem? They're stuck at the bottom of a ravine with no way of contacting the outside world. Racing against the clock, Ryan must fail repeatedly before hitting on the right solution that will save his brother's life. Coming in at a svelte 128 pages, Petersen's novel packs a wallop. The thrills are nail-biting and the tension is ratcheted up to an enjoyable high. For kids who have only just graduated into chapter books, this title acts as an excellent starter survival tale. Particularly recommended for those readers not quite ready for Gary Paulsen's The River (1991) but still eager for realistic thrills. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375846243
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
258,292
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

P. J. PETERSEN has written many popular action-adventure books for children. He enjoys hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and swimming.

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Wild River 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to read the book, dont bother with the sample. Other than that, this book seems great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Totes recomended!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a awesome book but only 57 pages long good book over all
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That was about action. Something I dream about.
ReaderMomPA More than 1 year ago
This is a book that captivated my son's interest, as well as my own, and also imparted a good lesson about not giving up and believing in yourself.
ChuckSned More than 1 year ago
Ryan would much rather sleep in after another late night of video games. Today he's been awaken by his older brother, Tanner, to go on what he promises will be more exciting than any video game. A day of kayaking, fishing, and camping lies ahead. Tanner loves adventure and is even credited with rescuing someone from a burning building. The only adventure Ryan has ever seen is in his video games. Little do they know this trip will not only be exciting but also life-changing. P.J. Petersen's story is sure to draw those who enjoy excitement and suspense. Kids who love video games, as well as those who enjoy the outdoors, will love this story of survival. Once you read the first chapter, it's impossible to put this book down. I would highly recommend Wild River to children on a 3rd to 5th grade reading level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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