Children's Books

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DECEMBER 17, 2009
Wild River by P. J. Petersen

Twelve-year-old Ryan takes a kayaking trip with his older brother, Tanner, down the Boulder River.  Tanner is the athlete.  Ryan's big adventures are usually simulated in video games.  Tanner confidently encourages Ryan as they begin their kayak trip down some rough waters.  Something goes wrong and the boys are sent into freezing water.  Tanner is injured and it is up to Ryan to use his survival skills previously used only in video games to save both of them.  Ryan keeps calm and reacts like a hero, saving the day.  The ending is somewhat different than a typical survival story.  This book is written in first-person narrative style and has appeal  to boys or reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

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