First Descent by Pam Withers

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Montana-born Rex loves nothing more than to take his kayak out on a river, the faster and more powerful the better. When he gets the opportunity to tackle the well-named El Furioso in southwest Colombia, he is thrilled. He anticipates the river’s challenges, but finds himself in a situation where the real danger is human.

In Colombia, he meets Myriam Calambás, an indígena, who has lived along the El Furioso all her life. Though she loves its rushing waters, she dreams of leaving to get an education so that she can help her people. Her dreams, and her very survival, are in the balance when she and Rex are caught up in the clash between paramilitaries, working for rich landowners, and guerillas, who are supposed to be protecting the poor.

Pam Withers’ skill at writing about extreme adventures combines with a compelling story about an endangered world and a people struggling for their very right to exist.

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Pam Withers is the critically acclaimed author of fifteen best-selling outdoor-adventure books for teens. Born in Wisconsin and fascinated by the world of extreme sports, she is a former slalom kayak racer, kayak instructor, whitewater raft guide, journalist, editor, and associate publisher. A popular public speaker across North America, Pam Withers is also co-founder of Pam Withers lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband. The author lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Published September 13, 2011 by Tundra Books. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Rex is the grandson of a world-class kayaker who inexplicably turned his back on El Furioso 60 years before.

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