Wild River

Wild River

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by P.J. Petersen
     
 

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It’s Ryan versus the river in a race against time to save his brother’s life.

When twelve-year-old Ryan reluctantly agrees to join his experienced older brother Tanner on a camping trip, he could never have dreamed this would turn into the most frightening day of his life.

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Overview

It’s Ryan versus the river in a race against time to save his brother’s life.

When twelve-year-old Ryan reluctantly agrees to join his experienced older brother Tanner on a camping trip, he could never have dreamed this would turn into the most frightening day of his life.

Ryan’s no good at sports or outdoor stuff. He’d rather be home playing video games. But Tanner says it’s an easy trip. They’ll kayak down the Boulder River, catch fish, and roast marshmallows.

But the river is higher than usual, and the kayaking is scary. Tanner isn’t worried. But soon after, he’s badly hurt in a kayaking accident, leaving Ryan alone and afraid he can’t save his brother’s life. He’s only faced danger in video games. What good are games now when Ryan faces a real-life battle?


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Ryan enjoys playing video games, and does NOT enjoy kayaking, fishing and camping. However, this is what his older brother Tanner has talked him into. It sounds like it might be fun, especially toasting marshmallows, but things soon spin out of control. Cut off from cell phones, Ryan is on his own when an accident injures Tanner badly. He draws on his knowledge of video games and keeps his mind focused by making up songs, but will it be enough to find help in time for Tanner? Filled with adventure and danger, this is a realistic story about what can happen during an average camping trip. Ryan is a pragmatic and likable character, which is fortunate as for much of the book he is the only person conscious! Both outdoorsy kids who have gone on thousands of outdoor adventures and those who never look up from video games can relate to this entertaining story. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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:
9780375892684
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
204,747
Lexile:
420L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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