Downriver by Will Hobbs

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Will Hobbs’s classic tale of whitewater adventure is back in print with an exciting new look.

No adults, no permit, no river map. After fifteen-year-old Jessie gets sent to Discovery Unlimited, an outdoor education program, she and six companions “borrow” the company’s rafting gear and take off down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on their own. Floating beneath sheer red walls, camping on white sand beaches, and exploring caves and waterfalls, Jessie and the others are having the time of their lives—at first. But when they’re pursued by helicopters, they boldly push on into the black-walled inner gorge, the heart of the Grand Canyon, only to encounter huge rapids, bone-chilling rain, injuries, and conflict within the group. What will be the consequences of their reckless adventure?
     This riveting novel includes an author’s note about his own rafting experiences and has been ranked by the American Library Association as a “100 Best of the Best” for twenty-five years—a testament to the enduring popularity of the action and adventure that await in Downriver.
 

About Will Hobbs

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Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of eighteen novels, including Far North, Crossing The Wire, and Go Big Or Go Home. Take Me To The River began with the author's week-long canoe trip through the remote Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande on the Texas/Mexico border. Will's fondness for Texas goes back to his high school years in San Antonio. A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 212 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Seizing an opportunity, six of them break away from their counselor and, with no map and only a few days' provisions, take two boats down the wild, dangerous Colorado River to the Grand Canyon.

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Abandoning a wilderness education program, a group of teenagers set off on a challenging trek in this suspenseful adventure yarn. Ages 12-up. (July)

Jun 01 1992 | Read Full Review of Downriver

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Abandoning a wilderness education program, a group of teenagers set off on a challenging trek in this suspenseful adventure yarn. Ages 12-up. (July)

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