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Wild River

By: P. J. Petersen

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.

ISBN: 9780385906562

JLG Release: Sep 2009


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: 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

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Horn Book

Ryan's brother, Tanner, convinces him to go on a kayaking and camping trip. After Tanner is injured, Ryan gets caught in a fight for survival that will take every ounce of resourcefulness he can muster--not easy for a boy who spends most of his time playing video games. Once this slow-to-begin novel gets going, readers will keep turning pages. Ryan's brother, Tanner, convinces him to go on a kayaking and camping trip. After Tanner is injured, Ryan gets caught in a fight for survival that will take every ounce of resourcefulness he can muster--not easy for a boy who spends most of his time playing video games. Once this slow-to-begin novel gets going, readers will keep turning pages.

Junior Library Guild

Readers who enjoy outdoor adventures as well as those who would rather stay indoors with computer games will find something to love in this fast-moving middle-grade novel. Outdoor-loving Tanner and video-gaming Ryan are sympathetic and fully realized characters with believable strengths and weaknesses, including the fact that the two brothers drive Readers who enjoy outdoor adventures as well as those who would rather stay indoors with computer games will find something to love in this fast-moving middle-grade novel. Outdoor-loving Tanner and video-gaming Ryan are sympathetic and fully realized characters with believable strengths and weaknesses, including the fact that the two brothers drive each other crazy while still sharing a very close friendship. P. J. Peterson has crafted a compelling plot with plenty of action and suspense that will keep readers engaged.

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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780385906562

First Release

September 2009

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

128

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.4; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.4; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level 420L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Delacorte

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

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,

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