Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs

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Deep in trouble,
Deep in the canyons

Fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands has come all the way from North Carolina to Big Bend National Park, on the Texas/Mexico border, to paddle the fabled Rio Grande. His partner in adventure is a local river rat, his cousin Rio. As the two are packing their boats for ten days in the canyons, six Black Hawk helicopters appear overhead and race across the river into Mexico.

The army won't tell the boys what's happening, but they are given a weather advisory: A hurricane is approaching the Gulf of Mexico. Dylan and Rio have their hearts set on their trip and can't give it up. Rio believes that their chances of running into border troubles or a major storm are slim to none.

By canoe and raft, Dylan and Rio venture into the most rugged and remote reaches of the U.S./Mexico border. You may well not see another human being during the duration of your trip, the guidebook tells them. They don't, until a man stumbles into camp with a seven-year-old boy. A storm is brewing as the man who calls himself Carlos begs for help . . . and the boy is trembling with fear.


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 February 15, 2011 by HarperCollins. 197 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Terlingua Ghost Town isn’t a common destination for teenagers, but 14-year-old Dylan is hitchhiking his way there for a white-water–rafting adventure with his reclusive uncle and his boisterous cousin, Rio.

Mar 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Take Me to the River


Rio should have called Dylan's family to tell them about the change in plans, but decided that he wanted to meet his cousin and run the river with him in spite of the change in plans.

Apr 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Take Me to the River

Arlington Library

Fourteen-year-old Dylan finally gets to do something he's always dreamed of: take a canoe trip down the Rio Grande with his uncle and cousin Rio.

Apr 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Take Me to the River

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