Ryan's older brother, Tanner, still wants to go kayaking after his buddy has backed out, so he presses Ryan to go instead. Ryan doesn't like the cold water or camping, but somehow he finds himself waving good-bye to his computer games and saying hello to a rain-swollen river and two days of adventure. An accident during the trip leaves Tanner unconscious and Ryan with some difficult decisions to make.
JLG Release: Sep 2009
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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Junior Library Guild
Those who are familiar with camping and fishing will love the outdoor tale, full of kayaks, rapids, and bears. Kids who are more at home with their computers and game systems will cheer as Ryan uses his talents, honed at the keyboard, to reason through the challenges he faces in the wild. “Maybe the games were silly, but I had learned one thing from playing them: if you tried something and it didn’t work, you didn’t keep doing it. You did something else.”
The seriousness of Ryan’s predicament and the gripping pace of the story will capture kids’ imaginations. The fast pace makes this a good choice for reluctant readers.
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 3.4; Points: 2;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 2.4; Points: 6;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Brothers, Kayaking, Equipment, Life vests, Video games, Making up songs, Fishing, Rapids, Danger, Rescues, Head wounds, Problem solving, Choices, Signals, Rock climbing, Air mattresses, Bears, Flagging down a truck, Storytelling, Heroes,