The River

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Dell, 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 132 pages
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"We want you to do it again."

These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to do it again--to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive.

This time he won't be alone: Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him to observe and take notes. But during a freak storm, Derek is hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Their radio transmitter is dead. Brian is afraid that derek will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post--if the map he has is accurate.

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User Review  - fuzzi - LibraryThing

Brian is back in the wilderness, convinced by a psychologist and by his own conscience, that he needs to partly recreate his survival experiences. There's an adult with him, and they are prepared, what could go wrong? Good sequel to the first book, "The Hatchet". Read full review

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User Review  - Tigerlily12 - LibraryThing

Another fun survival story from Gary Paulsen. Not as good as Hatchet, but I still really enjoyed it. Plenty of action. I wanted more length, but it is a children's book. Read full review

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GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy Returns; Woods Runner; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; Lawn Boy; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; The Time Hackers; and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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