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Lost in the River of Grass

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,059 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
"I don't realize I'm crying until he glances at me. For a moment, I see the look of anguish in his eyes, then he blinks it away and slips off into the water. I immediately think of the gator. It's still down there somewhere. . . ." A science-class field trip to the Everglades is supposed to be fun, but Sarah's new at Glades Academy, and her fellow freshmen arent exactly ma ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Carolrhoda Books (first published August 1st 2010)
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Aug 30, 2011 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a bit of a guilty conscious thinking of why I read this book, and no it's not the cover (I actually don't have too many qualms about reading a book because of that, yeah I know I'm scandalously shameless). I read it because the page count was relatively low and I really need to bring up my book count fast so I'm not so utterly behind on the book challenge. Well, luckily for me the book packs a good amount of storytelling and I appreciate a well told story.

Sarah is a freshman at Glades
Morgan F
Sarah feels like an outcast at her new school, a feeling only exemplified when her science class goes on a field trip to the Everglades. So when a local boy named Andy offers her an unauthorized airboat ride, she jumps at the chance to get away from her snarky classmates, and pretends to be sick so she can sneak off. Andy takes her to the heart of the swamp, but once there a horrible accident occurs. Their boat sinks. Now stranded in the middle of the Everglades, surrounded by gators, poisonous ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Thanks Cara! :)
Lost in the River of Grass made me wonder if I would tackle and go through nature’s twisted sense of humor, gators, frogs, roaches, spiders, ants, pond scum, mosquitoes, and water, so much water for a cute, charming boy? Come On! Hell, yeah I would! :D

Welcome to the Everglades where a class field trip can turn into a struggle to survive in a blink of an eye! Sarah is new in school and feeling very much excluded from her classmates on their weekend trip to Florida’s Everglades. So when cute, cha
"Well, quit thinking everything is an alligator. They are more afraid of you than you are of them."
"Maybe that's true for you, but I can promise it's not so for me."

I've been reading so many good books lately that I can't help but feel lucky. Lost in the River of Grass was no exception: it kept me occupied for two days. I even forgot about the huge amount of study I was supposed to be doing. (Whoops.)

The book is about the adventure that two kids, Andy and Sarah, are forced to face when the boat
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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Interesting, I always thought when I was a kid I could live on my own in the wilderness. Just rub some sticks together and start a fire. Of course I'd need a knife to kill predators off too. Well I soon got in touch with reality and discovered that it wasn't that easy. And nature and me are not really that well acquainted, we interact on a need to know basis, but now reading about bugs crawling all over the protagonist has made these interactions even less desirable. Reading this was somewhat ed ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Wow. I have to admit something. I did not think I would like this book. One, it is a YA book. I have not been the biggest supporter of the YA market as of late. It seems everyone is writing a YA book. Two, I thought the plot summary sounded crazy. How much can you write about regarding trying to survive in the Everglades? In my head, it is you are going to be eaten by gator or not. That’s it.

I was wrong!

I’m not going to go over how Sarah ended up in the Everglades with Andy since that seems minu
Jul 27, 2013 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susana by: Isa Lavinia
Amazing story about two teens, that find themselves stranded in the Everglades....
...Now, can Sarah, this city girl and Andy, a local boy, survive all alone in the wilderness? With predators and practically with no water or food?

This was an incredible, nerve shattering reading experience. And if i didn't had to sleep, i would have read it non stop...

With a clear and engaging writing, the author makes us watch how these two people who barely know each other, will have to rely on one another to sa
Jan 27, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporaries
When 13-year-old Sarah and 15-year-old Andy get stuck in the middle of the Everglades, alone, they must work together to find their way through the wilderness and get back home. This is a great survival story, of pushing beyond preconceived limitations and realizing that you're a lot tougher than you think you are.

While this is technically labeled a YA read, I felt like it was more MG. Granted, there are a handful of strong curse words, but based on the ages of the protags and the overall nature
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Sara is on a field trip to the Everglades with 10 students from her school. She doesn't fit in. She is from a family without financial means, and is at the school on scholarship. She feels separated from the other students, and feels like she is looked down upon.

She decides to skip a tour with her classmates and go on a boat ride with a cute boy she met. He was fixing his dad's airboat, and invited her for a ride. His name is Andy.

She tells the teacher she is sick and goes on a fun date with And
Dec 31, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am NOT a fan of survival fiction ("Hatchet" annoyed the crud out of me). I am, however, a big fan of Rorby's fictions. "Hurt Go Happy" is one of my favorite books of all time & I quite enjoyed "Outside of a Horse" and "Dolphin Sky." This is just great.

The spoiler-free synopsis is: Sarah, a city girl, scholarship student at a private high school is on a field trip with her snooty fellow students when she meets Andy, a cute boy who lives in the glades (instead of going to a school named aft
Laura Kreitzer
This book truly surprised me. I honestly thought I’d be up late at night jumping whenever I heard a strange sound while reading. (It’s all Ginny’s fault for saying “I hope you like snakes” before I read it . . .) Luckily enough for my heart (and nerves) this wasn’t the case. Ginny Rorby must have magic fingertips that float across her keyboard for her to show us such a beautiful, stunning, and intriguing story. Really, there is no other explanation. Want proof? Read Lost in the River Grass. This ...more
Dylan B.
Mar 02, 2015 Dylan B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lost In A River of Grass is a great book for outdoorsy readers like me. This book is about when a girl named Sarah goes to the Everglades on a class field trip. While she is down in the Everglades she meets a boy named Andy. She is an outcast at her school so she doesn’t want to be there so she says she is sick and when the class leaves she goes out with Andy. When she goes out with Andy he takes her out airboating. Andy lets Sarah drive the boat and when she does she accidentally runs over a ba ...more
This was an awesome adventure through the Everglades in Florida. What starts out as a typical science class field trip for Sarah, the new girl in her school and an "outsider", ends up being a trip she may never forget. Sarah is afraid of lots of swamp critters, like the cottonmouth snakes and alligators that abound in the Everglades. But she really hates being invisible, or worse, being made fun of because she is in her new school on a swimming scholarship. So when a cute boy shows up at the cam ...more
Lilyan Schoo
Mar 05, 2015 Lilyan Schoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is a page turner! A must read if you like books with female role this book is for you! Romance bit so much but it's still a wonderful book.
Lisa Nocita
Good action/adventure survival story with plausible raison d'etre. The female protagonist shows lots of growth throughout the novel. Light romance adds to the tension. A teeny tiny bit draggy in a couple of parts but overall entertaining and thought provoking. I was surprised and a little perplexed to discover something about Sarah, the main character at the end of the book, which I won't give away, but that seemed a bit unnecessary to me as if it was thrown in for a shock factor. I was confused ...more
Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 15, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every so often, a book hits all the emotions of the reader and makes you sigh as you turn the last page. This was one of those books.

Ginny Rorby creates two kids who are just outside the margins of society - Alex lives an isolated life off the beaten path and Sarah who is scorned and taunted by a small group of popular girls on a weekend field trip (who hasn't been taunted like that?) We immediately identify with the main character, Sarah, and feel her pain and isolation in the midst of a group
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 Arthur Pengerbil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Level: Grade 6-8

13-year-old Sarah, a new scholarship student at the exclusive Glades Academy, is miserable. In a school where kids judge each other by the amount of money and things their parents have, Sarah the daughter of the lunch lady doesn't stand a chance.

Teachers are no help. Sarah wouldn't even be on this stupid overnight field trip if Mr. Vickers hadn't insisted the trip would help her make friends. Surprise, surprise...the four other girls on the trip spend their time snubbing
Elizabeth Drake
Jun 30, 2012 Elizabeth Drake rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books, survival

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Cover Impressions: Not a huge fan of the cover. Don't get me wrong, the alligator on a whole new level of scary, but there is something with the title and the font that makes this feel like a homemade job.

The Gist: Feeling like an outcast on a school trip to the Everglades, Sarah fakes sick in order to explore the swamp with Andy, a local boy. When a simple mistake leaves them stranded, they begin the harrowing trek back to civilizati
Jan 08, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost in the River of Grass is simply one of those good ole' survival stories. Nothing fancy, nothing paranormal, just two kids trying to make it out of the everglades alive. It reminded me of Hatchet, just in a very different setting.

What I liked most about the book is that it's realistic. Sarah and Andy, the two main characters, act their ages and react as you would expect them to in such a bad situation. Sure Sarah freaks out quite a lot and does her fair share of whining, but wouldn't you if
Aug 07, 2011 Bayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up for the title, but was not disappointed.

I'll try not to give anything away, but here's the basic idea -- Sarah, poor,new and friendless at school, is not thrilled to go on a class trip to the Everglades. But when she and her new friend Andy get stranded deep within the Everglades, she must find the strength to survive, and even to experience the wonder of the Everglades.

I liked Sarah -- as a character, she experiences a lot of growth through the book. She finds courage and
Jan 13, 2013 Owen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a pretty boring "survival" story. The scenes of danger presented were kind of cartoonish and I thought the characters were very bland. Plus, the relationship they formed was not written out well so in the end I was surprised that they became "best friends" as one of them put it. I'm not sure why I decided to read this, I just saw it at the library so I brought it home. I wouldn't recommend it. I'm not a fan of survival/jungle peril type stories so I think this book was just comp ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
In the book this girl named Sarah is new at Glades Academy and shes having a hard time of making friends. When she goes on a science field trip to the everglades, she has to share a room with all her "snobby" classmates but when a boy named Andy comes along and offers her a boat ride she couldn't resist the offer, needing to get away from her classmates so bad it seemed like the perfect escape. So she pretended to be sick and then went on the boat ride wi
Mar 19, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended, ya
A YA story I recommend!

A read Lost in the River of Grass in 3 days. For the first time in a long while, I enjoyed a story without getting stalled by the writing. As an author, I admit, I am a tough critic when it comes to writing styles, but Rorby's style pleased all my senses, and this tale about two teens stranded in a dangerous nature preserve, had me enthralled as it effortlessly unfolded.

15-year old Andy takes almost 14-year old Sarah on a private tour of the Florida Everglades, but when t
Feb 14, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spending a few quiet hours with a cute boy instead of nasty classmates sounds perfect to Freshman, Sarah. She is supposed to be on a field trip in the Evergaldes but takes the opportunity to go on a secret airboat ride with a local boy she meets. Of couse, cute boy alone with a girl in a giant swamp is not enough drama, so when they stop on an island for lunch, they airboat sinks. Oops. Now cute boy and freshman girl are stranded in the middle of the Everglades and no one knows where they are or ...more
Hailey Lorenzen
Sep 18, 2014 Hailey Lorenzen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre is Adventure. This book is about a girl who moves to Miami and takes a tour of the Everglades. She pretends to be sick so she can go on an airboat ride with a guy she barely knows. When the boat sinks she and Andy need to make it to the levee which is 10 miles from where they are stuck. She does more than she thought that she could. I really like this book it never gets baring, yet everything they do is believable that a person could do that. It doesn't leave you hanging at the end if you ...more
Jensen Gomez
Mar 21, 2014 Jensen Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby, was great! I loved how he put it in sections based on the day. It was easy read with a lot of disscription about the everglades. It is an adventure novel that any teen would like.
While out on a feild trip to the everglades Sarah takes an airboat trip alone with a guy she doesn't know. While at a old camp 10 miles deep in swamp the boat sinks and they must work together to get out alive. And to sarah it seams like everything but a baby duck is out to get
May 06, 2012 Anah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-moving, interesting and full of twists and turns that make you think. A really fun read!
Sep 12, 2015 Bella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ginny Rorby is one of my favorite authors. Her other books, Hurt Go Happy and Outside of a Horse, deal with animal and human issues; although Lost in the River of Grass does talk about animals and animal issues throughout, this is Ginny's most human of a novel. It is about survival and finding the strength inside of yourself to stand up to anything- even something that has always ter
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Ginny Rorby was raised in Winter Park, Florida, and lived in Miami during her career as a Pan American flight attendant. Midway through that career, she enrolled in the University of Miami to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology, graduated and changed direction again. She went on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her goal, after wrapping up her flyin ...more
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