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The River

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The River
by Gary Paulsen

"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.

Millions of middle grades children have read the Brian's Saga books, including Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Return. The are page-turner adventure/survival stories that decades of children have loved!


Grade Level:      4th grade     5th grade     6th grade   

Book Type:   chapter book

Reading Level:   DRA Level 40      Guided Reading Level R


Condition:  This book is used but in good condition. There's very little or no water damage, torn pages, damage to the spine, or writing on the outer cover or inside pages. Occasionally there's a small amount of writing on the inside cover (previous owner's name/inscription).  NOTE: This book has several different covers available. The one you get might be different than the cover shown here.