Wild river A novel

W. R. Philbrick

Book - 2021

When a dam fails and rushing waters sweep away their adult supervisors, five middle schoolers on a white-water rafting adventure are left alone with few supplies and the opportunity to forge powerful bonds as well as develop dangerous disagreements.

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Subjects
Genres
Action and adventure fiction
Published
New York : Scholastic Press 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
189 pages ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12.
Grades 4-6.
ISBN
9781338647273
133864727X
Main Author
W. R. Philbrick (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Newbery Honoree Philbrick twines a heartfelt message about teamwork and forgiveness with realistic dangers in this page-turning survival story. As part of a leadership project, rising sixth grader Daniel Redmayne is chosen to go whitewater rafting in Montana with four of his New Hampshire classmates. "Not a likely pick for anything," quiet, pale-skinned Daniel isn't sure why he was selected for this group, but he welcomes a break from sharing a room with his three younger brothers, even if it means having to open up to his raft mates: obnoxious Deke and sidekick Tony, who are white; confident Mia, who is Latinx; and reserved Imana, who is Black. When the planned-upon river turns out to be dry, though, the two adult guides change course, driving 100 miles to Montana's Crazy River without communicating the change. Disaster strikes immediately, separating the kids from their guardians with only a backpack of emergency supplies. Though Daniel's bipolar father is insensitively referred to as having "been in your own crazy river," a battle for power keeps the tension high, as do plenty of twists and cliffhangers, which create enough uncertainty to keep the pages turning. Ages 9–12. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a dam fails and rushing waters sweep away their adult supervisors, five middle schoolers on a white-water rafting adventure are left alone with few supplies and the opportunity to forge powerful bonds as well as develop dangerous disagreements.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Awakened by a scream on the first night of a whitewater rafting trip, Daniel discovers that a nearby dam has failed and that his camp is on the brink of flooding, forcing him and his young teammates to escape and make their way to safety without adult help. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers rushing down a raging river on a life-or-death adventure when a white water rafting trip goes terribly wrong!Daniel Redmayne is fast asleep on the first night of a white water rafting trip, when he's awoken by screams. The dam has failed. The river is surging, and their camp will be under water in a matter of moments.As the shrieking roar of the river rushes closer, the kids scramble to higher ground. They make it; their counselors do not.Now they're on their own, with barely any food or supplies, in the middle of the Montana wilderness. Do Daniel and his four classmates have what it takes to stay alive until they can get rescued? Alone in the wild, they forge powerful bonds -- but develop dangerous disagreements. If nature doesn't break them, they might just destroy each other.This gripping survival story from the Newbery Honor author of Wildfire is filled with adrenaline-pumping adventure and moments of true bravery.