Never Say Die and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.99
  • Save: $1.89 (11%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Never Say Die has been added to your Cart
Condition: :
Comment: Item qualifies for FREE shipping and Prime! This item is used.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Never Say Die Hardcover – January 29, 2013


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$15.10
$2.98 $0.01
Audio CD, Audiobook
"Please retry"

"Click, Clack, Peep!"
Doreen Cronin is outdoing her Caldecott Honor Book award–winning Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type with Click, Clack, Peep! which follows the adventures of an overly ebullient baby duck. Learn more about Doreen Cronin
$15.10 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Never Say Die + Chuck Close: Face Book
Price for both: $29.03

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
Beyond Parental Controls
Try this book and get unlimited access to thousands of kid-safe books, apps and videos, for one low price, with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. Get started for free. Learn more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006170878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061708787
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-Fifteen-year-old Inuit hunter Nick Thrasher, fresh off a terrifying encounter with a strange bear that seemed half polar/half grizzly, receives a letter from the half brother he has never met. Ryan invites Nick to join him on a photographic journey for National Geographic, rafting down the remote Firth River far above the Arctic Circle. Initially against the idea, Nick finally decides to go at the urging of his much-beloved grandfather, Jonah, who once made the same journey as a young man. The trip proves extremely dangerous, and soon Nick and Ryan find themselves struggling to survive against bears, wolves, and the frozen elements. Hobbs is obviously concerned about climate change in the Arctic. Jonah is mostly portrayed idealistically through Nick's eyes while Ryan is used primarily as exposition or to present an argument on one side or the other in regard to the ecological conditions in the far north. None of this is to say that Never Say Die doesn't tell a good story; much of it is exciting and some of the imagery is truly majestic. It will certainly resonate with kids who have a healthy respect for the awesomeness of nature. The only problem comes when Hobbs veers too far from his story to lecture on the nature of Arctic climate change and its growing effect on the environment and the people who live there.-Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Climate change serves as both theme and frequent discussion topic in this purpose-driven survival tale. Nick, half Inuit, reluctantly agrees to accompany his older brother, Ryan, on an expedition into the Yukon’s remote Firth River territory to photograph one of the last caribou herds of any real size. Disaster strikes immediately when their raft is overturned by an ice jam—and compounds as the two head downstream in search of their supplies, only to discover they are in prime grizzly country. The trek not only gives them plenty of time to exchange views on climate-related issues but also to experience a violent lightning storm (once rare above the Arctic Circle) and an uncommonly wild gale while also being repeatedly attacked by grizzlies and a huge, aggressive “grolar bear” (a newly emerging hybrid) who has already killed other area visitors. Though plainly intent on delivering the message “the climate has become a beast, and we are poking it with sticks,” Hobbs balances info dumps with evocative natural observations and a plot lit up with extremes of privation and deadly danger. Grades 6-10, --John Peters

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
8
4 star
5
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 13 customer reviews
Great Will Hobbs outdoor story.
mrs. m
The reader learns a lot about our environment and the people that live and love living in such a beautiful, but challenging place.
Margo
Take time to read and enjoy the story but hopefully you will think of the things going on in the world around us as well.
Mystccwby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mystccwby on March 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Will Hobbs Never Say Die, is an excellent if fairly short read. Though this is the first time I have read Mr.Hobbs work it will not be the last, the story was well written and informative as well.
We start out with young Nick Thrasher part white and part Intuit, though Nick does all he can to forget his white heritage until the day he receives a letter from his half brother in Arizona known about but never have met.

Nick learns Ryan is a photographer wanting to travel down the Firth and see if they can see any large herds of Caribou as they migrate. Nick thinks the whole idea is crazy and there are no great herds any more. Jonah, Nicks grandfather and world thinks it would be a good idea for Nick to go, to learn of his brother and to see the great herd if it is there, the ones Jonah remembers from his younger days. So Nick agrees and starts off on an adventure full of learning and danger. Nick recently has had a brush with some kind of bear he learns they are calling a grolar bear, part Grizzly part polar bear.

As Ryan and Nick learn of one another and about one another as Ryan is from the believe of prove it with science and Nick's believe coming from living off the land and learning to live with the land. The two have much to share and learn as they embark on an adventure of a life time.

This story was great from middle school boys or anyone that enjoys a great outdoor story. It is a mixture of fact and fiction one of learning to survive and learning that man has brought havoc to the world around him and nature has her own way of turning the tide. The hybrid bear in this story is real as is the changing weather in the arctic all caused by climate change.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
The book Never Say Die by Will Hobbs is a very satisfying book that is recommended to many people to read. The conflict is one of the best parts of this book. The raft gets tipped and Nick (the main character) and Ryan (Nicks half brother) get flipped off into the freezing river and all their stuff they have to keep them alive is on the raft. When this happens it creates many problems and this make people want to keep reading because they don't know what's going to happen next! This book takes place outside in the wilderness the whole book. When they are in the wilderness there are many problems such as bear attacks and Nick and Ryan getting split up. This makes the story very interesting to read. There is also gore in the book. There are times when Nick and Ryan have problems with things that can get kind of scary and a little bit gory. Like when Ryan gets mauled by a bear and almost dies. The people who would really enjoy this book, are boys or girl over the age 10 and under the age of 16. This book is recommended to these ages because its not an adult book, but its an excellent read for teens or soon to be teens. Never Say Die is an excellent book for young’uns in need of an incredible book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover
Never Say Die by Will Hobbs
HarperCollins, 2013
Adventure/Survival
224 pages
Recommended for grades 4-8

A very engaging adventure/survival story about two step-brothers setting out in the Alaskan wilderness. Along the way they encounter multiple weather hardships, but scariest of all is the cross-breed bear they encounter one too many times.
Nick has grown up on the land, he knows the animals and how to survive. Ryan is a wildlife photographer and scientist studying global warming's effects of the animals. Both brothers are intrigued by the grizzly-polar bear mix, but neither is prepared for just how aggressive and huge this bear is.
Along with the adventure sequences, this story has a lot of heart to it. Although the main character is a teenager, I would feel fine giving it to younger readers, especially Hatchet fans.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition
Nick Thrasher is the product of his Mother’s dalliance with a white Southerner but he identifies with his inuvialuit Grandfather Jonah. The main action of the book occurs when Nick goes rafting down the Firth River in Northern Canada with his older half-brother Ryan Powers, a Nature Photographer for National Geographic. This is a short easy action-packed read aimed at young-adult readers that packs an environmental message.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I will compare this book to Ben Miakelson's touching spirit bear. There is not very much Gore and is very exciting.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The action is first-rate in this story. It is told in the first person, and the main character's sensations and thought process make it personal and exciting. There is a lot of environmental and wildlife information. There is also danger, and some gruesome content. It's well researched, so the adventures could have really happened.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Margo on March 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What an exciting book for middle readers. The reader learns a lot about our environment and the people that live and love living in such a beautiful, but challenging place. The adventure and survival of the two main characters makes it difficult to put this book down!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

More About the Author

WILL HOBBS is the author of eighteen exciting outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, Will's first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe national award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA's list of the "100 Best Young Adult Books of the 20th Century" includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver.

A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado. Visit Will's website at www.willhobbsauthor.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Never Say Die
This item: Never Say Die
Price: $16.99 $15.10
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com