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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060741449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060741440
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fourteen-year-old Dylan arrives in a West Texas ghost town to meet his uncle and his cousin Rio for a canoe trip down the Rio Grande. Though his uncle has left for Alaska, he and Rio undertake the hazardous journey on their own. Dylan has barely learned to deal with scorpions when a hurricane bears down on the region, and a ruthless Mexican kidnapper demands a ride downriver for himself and the boy he holds captive. The cousins� growing bond and quick wits become as important as their ability to maneuver treacherous waters. Narrated by Dylan, the story unfolds in a disarming manner. The pace is quick, and the challenges are relentless, but the writing is so grounded in physical details and emotional realism that every turn of events seems convincing within the context of the story. A double-page map enables readers to trace the boys� journey along the Rio Grande. An exciting adventure story in an unusual setting. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.

Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic. When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.

A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.


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

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The story is believable, exciting, and easy to read.
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I love the spots he choses for his stories, I love his story lines.
L. Haverstock
Good book and kept the interest of my 13 year old grandson.
Nancy E. Mullins

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on September 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kudos to the cover designer. It perfectly captures the promise and feel of this book. Dylan (14) heads from Asheville to South Texas, to spend a few weeks with his cousin and uncle, rafting on the Rio Grande. When the uncle is called away, the boys decide to head out on their own. They have a good amount of rafting and whitewater experience, but bad weather, a kidnapping and a few other things make this even more than they bargained for. Fast paced, solid at the core. Very occasionally I felt Hobbs' adult agenda could be seen peeking through. Over all: an edge-of-your-raft-seat outdoor story of risk and friendship, set in the majestic Southwest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Last Mango on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a Will Hobbs fan, but this one just didn't compare with Crossing the Wire, Downriveror the lighter Go Big or Go Home. I'm glad I read it; it was interesting to learn about Big Bend National Park and border issues, and it had plenty of action. What it didn't have, in my opinion, was suspense. This can sometimes be a problem with first person narratives because, well, obviously the person survives or they won't be narrating! Even with raging rivers, kidnappers, storms, and pistols I didn't find myself that engaged with the story or the dialogue. The book itself is short, as are the chapters, which will make it appealing to some of its intended upper elementary/middle school readers. It would be best suited to kids liking outdoor adventure rather than to reluctant readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. Mullins on July 5, 2012
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Good book and kept the interest of my 13 year old grandson. Not finished reading it yet, but seems to be a good story line with a lot of action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Haverstock on April 25, 2011
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I am a 65 year old Will Hobbs fan. I started reading his book, because I wanted to learn to be a children's author. I continue to read them, because I love them. I read a lot of non-fiction and these books for me are the perfect light reading. I love the spots he choses for his stories, I love his story lines. I love the amount of history and science in these books that I can always count on to be accurate.

This particular book is one of my favorites. Good plot, very current topic. Loved it.
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Informative and educational adventure in an area few of us will visit! This author should be read by adults as well as YA.
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By Elizabeth Peters on July 19, 2013
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Good book I loved the story I was so scared Rio would try to shack Carlos by killing himself this book unlike others made me scared for the people. Grade a book
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Take Me to the River scores another triumph for popular middle school fiction author Will Hobbs. He sets the story in white water rafting territory near the Rio Grande of Texas, and imbues it with local color that kids who love the details of authenticity will soak right up! Two young teens make some choices that most parents would not approve of; this provides the drama of the plot. We have an absentee parent who is also a single parent, combining a situation in which many present-day kids find themselves with a situation in which they WISH they might find themselves! You like and root for these kids, root against the bad guy, and perhaps even pick up some sports information and historical lore. A solid choice, especially for boys. (Yes, its' true; some books ARE more male-oreinted!)
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By jdmom on May 10, 2013
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Excellent adventure book for young readers. Flows well and keeps young readers interested. My Grand kids loved it. Good read for when they come to visit.
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