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Downriver [sound recording]
by Will Hobbs.
Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p1997.
5 sound discs (6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
In container (17 cm.). "Unabridged Fiction."--Container. "With tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking."--Container. Performed by Christina Moore. 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. 12 years and up. Issued also on cassette. Compact discs.
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
California Young Reader Medal, 1995 Winner High School California
State and Provincial Reading Lists:
Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award , 1995-1996 ; Nominee; Indiana
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.