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Wild River Hardcover – June 9, 2009

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Grade 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 END

About the Author

P. J. Petersen has written many books for children, among them Whitewater. He lives in Redding, California.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Kentucky Bluegrass Awards 2011, Grades 3-5
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737241
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Ryan feels inept and awkward when compared to his athletically talented older brother, Tanner. Tanner loves all outdoor sports, but Ryan would rather stay indoors and get his adventure from video games. So when Tanner railroads him into a brothers-only kayaking trip, Ryan is apprehensive. But Tanner is so confident and competent that Ryan goes along with him.

The beginning of the trip was easier than Ryan thought it would be. The river was high, and easy to navigate; the sunshine and the fishing were great. Ryan almost began to enjoy himself. The first whitewater chute was exciting and a little scary, but the second chute was bigger, louder, and more dangerous. Just as they started down, Ryan saw something ahead: a black log, right in the middle of the chute, with a jagged end pointing straight at them, and it wasn't moving. Not at all.

When their rubber kayak was impaled by the log, the boys were thrown out into the river. Ryan swam for shore, but Tanner floated downriver, unconscious. Ryan's adventures, pulling his brother to shore and working to save his life and rescue both his brother and himself, make an exciting story for ages 8-12. Especially good for reluctant readers, as the adventures are non-stop, and the style of writing is lively.
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When pre-teen Ryan agrees to join his older brother on a camping trip, he never imagines it'll become a dangerous journey when his brother is badly injured in a kayaking accident. Ryan is left alone, the only person who can save his brother's life - and is forced to move from an indoors game-watcher to taking charge in one of the most dangerous adventures of his life. A vivid outdoor survival adventure.
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This was a good book that I enjoyed reading. I definitely love my action books and this is one of my favorites in that genre. T his teaches children that you should never give up and keep trying. Also it teaches kids that no matter how small you are or inexperienced you are at something, it doesn't mean you're not good at it. 4 stars to this book.
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Format: Hardcover
P.J. Petersen. Wild River. New York: Random House Inc., 2009, 120 pages.

This realistic fiction book tells the nail-biting story of two brothers that face some crazy situations. The story is set in the summer, at the Boulder River where almost the entire story is staged. This story is written to entertain, and by all means, it does. The short chapters and detailed writing makes this book an interesting and fun read. Also, the songs that Ryan sings throughout the book offer a comic relief to such a serious plot.
The main characters, the two brothers are complete opposites, the older brother, Tanner being the outdoorsy guy¡¦s guy and his younger brother Ryan as the quiet computer and video game nerd. Tanner is well known, popular, known as a local hero for saving a man from a burning house, always doing the right thing, and able to somehow always get his way. While Tanner is quiet, mink, and enjoys spending time gaming and avoiding any outdoor event. Tanner was able to talk his brother into going on a kayak and fishing trip despite all of Ryan¡¦s attempts to avoid going. Little did they know they would be faced with a life altering situation. Within the first few hours of being alone on the Boulder River, something horrible happens. The kayak meets a jagged log and the brothers are thrown out of the kayak. The story goes on to explain how Tanner is knocked unconscious and it¡¦s up to Tanner to help him! The audience is quite aware that it¡¦s a problem that Ryan is in complete charge of taking care of Tanner, wanting to the roles to be switched because this is Tanner¡¦s domain, not Ryan¡¦s.
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