Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
(Carolrhoda Ya)

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"I don't realize I'm crying until he glances at me. For a moment, I see the look of anguish in his eyes, then he blinks it away and slips off into the water. I immediately think of the gator. It's still down there somewhere. . . ."A science-class field trip to the Everglades is supposed to be fun, but Sarah's new at Glades Academy, and her fellow freshmen aren’t exactly making her feel welcome. When an opportunity for an unauthorized side trip on an airboat presents itself, it seems like a perfect escape—an afternoon without feeling like a sore thumb. But one simple oversight turns a joyride into a race for survival across the river of grass. Sarah will have to count on her instincts—and a guy she barely knows—if they have any hope of making it back alive.

About Ginny Rorby

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Ginny Rorby holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Miami and an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her young adult novel," Dolphin Sky," was nominated for the Keystone Reading Award. Ginny Rorby is also co-director of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, now in its 15th year. She lives in Fort Bragg, California.
Published March 1, 2011 by Carolrhoda Lab TM. 255 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rorby cleverly offers only subtle hints that Sarah is African-American and Andy is white until late in the story, adding depth to this survival story framed within the story of an outsider.

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Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby is a wonderful book about a girl who escapes a class field trip and takes a ride on an airboat into the Everglades.

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She achieved this better with Sarah whose development and realizations are evident, while Andy – although well-rounded and complex – feels a bit static.

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