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Take Me to the River



by
Will Hobbs

Edition
-
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Harper
ISBN
9780060741457
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General
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Dylan and his cousin Rio set out to paddle the Rio Grande on their own, never expecting that a powerful hurricane will be the least of their problems.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Crime: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

192

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

Fiction

AR

5.1: points 7

Lexile

760L

Scholastic Reading Counts

12

JLG Release

Apr 2011

Topics

Canoes and canoeing. River rafting. Cousins. Fugitives from justice. Rio Grande. Texas. The United States and Mexico border.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)*

Horn Book

Part travelogue, part survival story, part ripped-from-the-headlines adventure, Hobbs’s latest takes readers on a rafting/canoeing trip down the Rio Grande. For years cousins Dylan and Rio have wanted to paddle the lower canyons of the river together, and despite several snafus (about which their parents know little), the two take off alone on their much-anticipated journey. Who knew that Hurricane Dolly would come this far inshore and raise the river to heights not known in years, making the water treacherous, testing their skills at every turn? And who knew that the supposed coyote they encounter on the trip is not bringing an undocumented child to his mother but instead working with a drug cartel kidnapping a judge’s son in exchange for leverage with Mexican law enforcement? Hobbs includes plenty of action, both on and off the river, but also manages to share the beauty of Big Bend country without interfering with the story’s trajectory. He portrays the fourteen- and fifteen-year-old boys as confident, knowledgeable, and disciplined, leaving little doubt that they will survive, yet builds in nail-biting (and page-turning) suspense along the way.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Part travelogue, part survival story, part ripped-from-the-headlines adventure, Hobbs’s latest takes readers on a rafting/canoeing trip down the Rio Grande. For years cousins Dylan and Rio have wanted to paddle the lower canyons of the river together, and despite several snafus (about which their parents know little), the two take off alone on their much-anticipated journey. Who knew that Hurricane Dolly would come this far inshore and raise the river to heights not known in years, making the water treacherous, testing their skills at every turn? And who knew that the supposed coyote they encounter on the trip is not bringing an undocumented child to his mother but instead working with a drug cartel kidnapping a judge’s son in exchange for leverage with Mexican law enforcement? Hobbs includes plenty of action, both on and off the river, but also manages to share the beauty of Big Bend country without interfering with the story’s trajectory. He portrays the fourteen- and fifteen-year-old boys as confident, knowledgeable, and disciplined, leaving little doubt that they will survive, yet builds in nail-biting (and page-turning) suspense along the way.

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