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ISBN-13: 9781932010909
Publisher: Ooligan Press
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 400,823
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robin Cody is a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, and a winner of the Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for short nonfiction. In 1995, he won the Oregon Book Award for Voyage of a Summer Sun , an account of his canoe trip from the headwaters of the Columbia to its mouth at the Pacific. Ricochet River is his best known and best loved book and he has worked tirelessly since its publication to ensure it reaches the audience of young readers it deserves. A teacher himself for over a decade, Robin has deep roots in schools around Portland and is excited by the opportunity to bring Ricochet River to a wider audience. He lives in Portland with his wife, Donna, and when the weather cooperates, can usually be found floating leisurely down the Columbia.

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Ricochet River 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LCSDLibrary on LibraryThing 4 months ago
Great read, wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read. I think that the story raises some interesting questions about race and small towns and the challenges that the people placed in those colliding circumstances must face. Yes, the story takes place several decades ago, but the characters that Cody has created feel all too real and accessible. Wade, Lorna, and Jesse’s choices and reactions are sometimes hard to understand, but they always feel deeply human. I think the story is completely applicable today and that the questions it raises still need to be asked.
Polysorbate More than 1 year ago
The best coming of age novels tend to reflect some aspects of the readers' youthful experiences: emotions, awkwardness, aging, social wars, friendships gained and lost, first loves, sexual exploration and the feeling of place in the town where you grew up. Ricochet River is a masterfully crafted tale that weaves all these aspects together through three friends among the background of a river in a small Oregon town called Calamus. But beyond the general questions of growing up, Ricochet River flows with an underlying theme of racial tensions in a small town and how it tests the bonds of friendship to their limits. The setting is the mid-1960s in a fictional logging town about an hour drive from Portland, Oregon. Other geographic locations, however, are actual areas of the Pacific Northwest described in vivid detail, including the twists and turns of the Columbia and other rivers. Wade, the narrator, is a high school senior descended from loggers and liked among the town's denizens for his personality and academics, but even more so for his athletic prowess. His girlfriend, Lorna, feels an outcast in the small town and wants nothing more than to escape. And Jesse, an Indian who joins Wade's high school as a junior transfer from elsewhere, lives in the present with a devil may care attitude, seemingly unconcerned about what the future may hold. Their distinct personalities seethe through the pages of Ricochet River and Cody rarely fumbles through the narrative that so perfectly describes them, revealing that as much as they are different, they have a common bond beyond friendship. Calamus is perhaps the most prominent character in the book, the foundation from which the characters derive their sense of place. It's a town loaded with positives and negatives as the three develop their lives. It all culminates into an ending that will leave the reader in stunned, satisfied silence when they close the book, which should be considered one of the better coming-of-age novels in recent decades, whether the reader lives in Oregon or elsewhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book a good overall, but some weaknesses I thought the book has was it was difficult to follow in some areas. The story is very descriptive and realistic. The characters were believable and really sounded like a real person. I read this book for my English class, but I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought Ricochet River was a believable and interesting story. The characters were realistic and the events in the story didn't sound fake, like the author was making up some fairy tale. It kept me laughing and wanting to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this story was really interesting and well detailed. He made it sound like what happened in the story really happened in real life. I think this book is realy easy to follow because when I read it I kept seeing pictures in my head. I would recommend this book to kids that are in to sports and like to go rafting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ricochet River is a very interesting book. It is easy for me to follow it and understand. Simple but fun. A good book to read if you like to read quickly or slowly. Probably the best ficition book I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was alright a little hard to follow and you had to keep close attention to the characters and what they were doing to understand this book... The charaacters don't do much in the way of fun and the language is alright but it doesn't help people here in these times understand what they need to know about life. It isn't a real good book to get into you want to put it down and read something else. the only reason that i have to read it is because it is for my english class. so if you can avoid reading this book than i would reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of this books biggest strength was that it was really detailed. When you read it you could picture everything in your head because it had so many details in it. This book was very original and it sounds like the writer is telling a true story that may have happend to him and a friend. A weakness in my opinion was that it needed way more action. It may have been very original and detailed but it needed a lot more action. Overall the Ricochet River was a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ricochet River is a really good book. When you read it you can picture everything in your head. From this book you may learn many lessons and might decide to make better choices in the future (if you are someone who doesn't really care.) It is a calm book with not that much action in it so if you like a lot of action then you might want to pick a different book. If you have lost a close friend you will know how someone else felt when they lost a friend because they made a poor choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out good and at the end it was sad, becuase of the fact that Jesse dies and it kind of ruins the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book for an Oregon boy to read. It gives you the sense of being at home. I could relate to the book because I am a boy who likes sports and women. This book expressed those two things. Reading isn't a strong point in my life and it's not on the top of my list for enjoyment. Ricochet River sucked me into it's content and I couldn't put the book down. The book flowed really well and it kept things like butter...........they were on a roll. (LF) Out of all the books I have read this would definately be a five star book to those who are a little more mature in life. There was some content not suitable for children under 13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! It just flowed through the whole book. The only part I didn't like was the fishing stories at the start of every chapter. I am not a big fisher. I would recommend this book to high school students that haven't read a book that they couldn't put down. You won't be able to put this one down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In review of the book, Ricochet River, written by Robin Cody, I discovered many mixed feelings. The book is very easy to read and one would not have a hard time comprehending it's plot or understanding it's text. And while this may be appreciated by many, personally, I prefer books with a bit of a faster pace, that keep me guessing. Ricochet River, is not like this at all, but it is still a decent book, and worth reading for anyone in High School. Due to it's vulgar language content, I wouldn't recommend anyone younger than that to read this material, and because of it's slow pace, and 'teenage' cast, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone older. All in all, it's an 'ok' book and worth reading to anyone who might think they are interested.