Downriver

Author Hobbs, Will.
Language English
Publisher
New York: Atheneum ;, 2012




Annotation:

Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.



Subjects :

  • White-water canoeing
  • Fiction
  • Fiction.
  • Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
  • Survival
  • Outward bound schools
  • Wilderness survival
  • Canoes and canoeing

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss, 1993 , Indiana Library Federation
  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens, 2001 , American Library Association-YALSA
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 , H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 , H.W. Wilson
  • YALSA Best Books for Youth, 1992 , American Library Association
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1998 , American Library Association
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 1992 , American Library Association
  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition, 1995 , National Council of Teachers of English

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award , Winner , 1997, Colorado United States
  • Golden Sower Award , Honor , 1994, Nebraska
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award , Winner , 1997, Colorado

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • California Young Reader Medal; Nominee 1995-1995 California
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award; Nominee 1994-1994 Colorado
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award; Nominee 1997-1997 Colorado
  • Golden Sower Award; Nominee 1994-1994 Nebraska
  • Lone Star Reading List; 1993-1994 Texas
  • Utah Children's Book Awards; Nominee 1993-1993 Utah
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award; Nominee 1994-1994 Virginia

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Curriculum Tools :

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Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
Atheneum ; (New York:) 1991.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13


0553297171
Bantam () 1991.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points 8


9780440226734
Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (New York N.Y.:) 1996.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 13

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Reviews :

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1991)
A fast-paced adventure in which "wilderness therapy" becomes a course in teamwork and friendship for a group of troubled youths. Jessie, 15, and her companions have been sent from all over the country to the Colorado Rockies in the hope of finding something in the outdoors to curb their anger and restlessness. Seizing an opportunity, six of them break away from their counselor and, with no map and only a few days' provisions, take two boats down the wild, dangerous Colorado River to the Grand Canyon. All are tested, by the river and by one another; each exhibits hidden strengths and weaknesses, and most are changed for the better by the experience. Hobbs resists the temptation to make this a series of confessions: the teen-agers' pasts remain vague, by and large; but the river's peril and beauty are described in detail, while the characterizations, though simple, are seldom simplistic. 1991, Atheneum, $13.95. © 1991 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum ;Collier Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International Pub. Group (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1991.)

Deborah Stevenson (The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books, March 1991 (Vol. 44, No. 7))
Jessie, fifteen, has had a wild and rebellious year ("You'd think no one had ever rolled a car before"), and as a result her father has shipped her off to a wilderness experience group in order to "rediscover the wonderful girl you used to be." Among the group of troubled teens, dubbed "Hoods in the Woods," Jessie finds six others who think the strict control of the program stifling, and eventually they break loose from their guide and raft alone down the Grand Canyon. The white-water scenes (and there are enough of them to satisfy action enthusiasts) are vivid, fast-paced, and convincing, and Hobbs makes the group dynamics compelling as well, adding an authentic touch of Lord of the Flies-type menace as the struggle for power becomes more important than the struggle for survival. The adventure is handled so well that the occasional slip into sentimentality or cliche hardly matters, although the anticlimactic ending is a trifle disappointing. Nonetheless, the book should appeal to a broad readership; Jessie is a tough heroine in a genuinely exciting story. (Reviewed from galleys) Review Code: R -- Recommended. Subjects: Age-mate relations; Self-reliance. (c) Copyright 1991, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1991, Atheneum, 208p, $13.95. Grades 7-10.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum ;Collier Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International Pub. Group (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1991.)

Ann M. Burlingame (KLIATT Review, September 1992 (Vol. 26, No. 6))
Jessie is sent by her father and stepmother on an outdoor adventure with the Discovery Unlimited program. Discovery Unlimited, an outdoor education program, claims to transform troubled and delinquent teens into responsible young adults. During the first week of the expedition the group, which refers to itself as "Hoods In The Woods," deserts the leader of the program. They survive food shortages, injuries, fights, and internal power plays. But eventually they succeed in conquering the falls of the Grand Canyon. The storyline is fairly predictable. It is the characters and their interactions that make this a winner. The protagonist, Jessie, possesses an honesty and vulnerability that will appeal to boys and girls. The reader learns about her life and insecurities by the way she relates to the other characters. The characters' speech, reactions, and thoughts are very believable. In addition, few adventure books have young women as the protagonists. It is the female characters, Jessie, Star, and Rita, who make Downriver a good read. A recommended purchase for middle school, high school, and large public libraries. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1991, Bantam/Starfire, $3.50. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1992 c1991.)

Ann M. Burlingame (KLIATT Review, September 1992 (Vol. 26, No. 6))
Jessie is sent by her father and stepmother on an outdoor adventure with the Discovery Unlimited program. Discovery Unlimited, an outdoor education program, claims to transform troubled and delinquent teens into responsible young adults. During the first week of the expedition the group, which refers to itself as "Hoods In The Woods," deserts the leader of the program. They survive food shortages, injuries, fights, and internal power plays. But eventually they succeed in conquering the falls of the Grand Canyon. The storyline is fairly predictable. It is the characters and their interactions that make this a winner. The protagonist, Jessie, possesses an honesty and vulnerability that will appeal to boys and girls. The reader learns about her life and insecurities by the way she relates to the other characters. The characters' speech, reactions, and thoughts are very believable. In addition, few adventure books have young women as the protagonists. It is the female characters, Jessie, Star, and Rita, who make Downriver a good read. A recommended purchase for middle school, high school, and large public libraries. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1991, Bantam/Starfire, $3.50. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Bantam, PUBLISHED: 1991.)

Deborah M. Locke (Audiofile, October/November 1999)
Alarmed by changes in her behavior and choice of friends, Jessie's father sends her to a wilderness survival school for troubled youth. But the rebellious teens elude their guide, steal the rafting gear and set off to tackle the wild river of the Grand Canyon on their own. Christina Moore reads with expressiveness and energy, providing each teen character with a distinctive voice, tinged by ethnic, urban or regional accents. She less ably conveys emotional honesty with the adult male roles and veers toward stereotyping with New Age flower child Star. But teens won't mind; they'll plunge into the excitement of the river-rafting and the psychological power plays, enjoying the suspense of the tale and the personalities of characters given added vitality by Moore's narration. D.M.L. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1997 (orig. 1991), Recorded Books, Four cassettes, 6 hrs., Book pak, $34.00. Ages 13 up.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Four cassettes 6 hrs. Book pak $34.00., PUBLISHED: 1997 (orig. 1991))

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Fifteen-year-old Jessie is angry with her father for sending her on an outdoor survival program for troubled teens. Confused about her life back home and unsure of herself, she is drawn to the powerful personality of a teammate, the charismatic Troy. At their first opportunity to rebel, she and her six companions borrow their instructor s gear and attempt the dangerous Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on their own. With no maps or guides, they face roaring rapids, drenching rain, injury, and conflict among themselves. The further they travel, the more they realize that the whitewater may be the least of their problems. There s more to Troy, their self-imposed leader, than any of them could have predicted. Chosen by the American Library Association as one of the one hundred Best of the Best Young Adult Books of the past 25 years, Downriver will captivate young readers with its heady dose of excitement, entertainment, and suspense. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 95094, $41.75. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Four cassettes 6 hrs. Book pak $34.00., PUBLISHED: 1997 (orig. 1991))

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Fifteen-year-old Jessie is angry with her father for sending her on an outdoor survival program for troubled teens. Confused about her life back home and unsure of herself, she is drawn to the powerful personality of a teammate, the charismatic Troy. At their first opportunity to rebel, she and her six companions borrow their instructor s gear and attempt the dangerous Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on their own. With no maps or guides, they face roaring rapids, drenching rain, injury, and conflict among themselves. The further they travel, the more they realize that the whitewater may be the least of their problems. There s more to Troy, their self-imposed leader, than any of them could have predicted. Chosen by the American Library Association as one of the one hundred Best of the Best Young Adult Books of the past 25 years, Downriver will captivate young readers with its heady dose of excitement, entertainment, and suspense. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C1755, $51.75. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p1997.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Atheneum ;, 2012

Media Type: Language Material
198 p. ;
PZ7.H6524 ([Fic])
9781442445475
New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012

Media Type: Language Material
198 p. ;
PZ7.H6524 ([Fic])
9781442445475
Reprint. Originally published 1991.
Recorded Books Four cassettes 6 hrs. Book pak $34.00., 1997

Media Type:

0788711016
9780788711015
Prince Frederick Md.: Recorded Books, 1997

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
5 sound discs (6 hr.):
PZ7.H6524 ([Fic])
1402523009
9781402523007
"Unabridged Fiction."-Container.
"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking."-Container.
In container (17 cm.).
New York N.Y.: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996

Media Type: Language Material
204 p. ;
PZ7.H6524 ([Fic])
9780440226734
0440226732
Originally published New York: Atheneum 1991.
New York: Bantam Books, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
204 p. ;
PZ7.H6524 ([Fic])
9780553297171
0553297171
Originally published New York: Atheneum 1991.
"A Bantam starfire book"-P. [4] of cover.
Bantam, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
204p.
([Fic])
9780553297171
0553297171
New York: Atheneum ;, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
204 p. ;
PZ7.H6524 Do 1991
9780689316906
0689316909
New York: Atheneum ;, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
204 p. ;
PZ7.H6524 ([Fic])
0689316909
9780689316906
New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing,

Media Type: Language Material
208
([Fic])
9781442445482
1442445483

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