In Colombia, he meets Myriam Calambás, an indígena,...more
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Pam Withers’ new novel, First Descent, has captivated readers everywhere into the amazing world of kayaking and a boy whose dream was to keep up his family’s legacy. This book was chosen to be one of the many nominees of the Red Maple Reading program of 2013; with high hopes that it will make it out as this years winner!
At the age of 17, the time comes when many teens are set on thinking about their prosperous future and getting into a good universi...more
Pam Withers’ latest novel The First Descent is an exciting action and adventure novel; published in 2011, with Tundra Books. Dealing with extreme sports and recreation this novel inspires young male readers to be more adventurous, outgoing, and to remain fit. Not only males, but stimulates young readers in general to never let anything get between them and their dreams, but to not go overboard with one plan even if it means ruining their claim to fame, as its outcome c...more
At the age of seventeen, Rex Scruggs is already a world champion kayaker. Now, he is determined to descend the Furioso, a Columbian river that lives up to its name. Only one man has ever attempted to kayak the Furioso: his legendary (and...more
Now that I've finished the novel, I can safely say that after the first 50 or so pages that it took to get used to the first-person pov that it is primarily written in, I was quickly entranced by the story and finished reading it within four hours.
Fast-paced with twists and turns th...more
What I really didn't like about this book was the fact that Rex changed himself to impress the 'love of his life' Myriam. You should never change yourse...more
The novel First Decent by Pam Withers is an exciting Action filled novel. The author wanted to show her readers that sometimes life isn't as easy as you think it will be. The author proved this concept in many sections of this novel. For example when Rex went to Colombia to Kayak the Furioso River he thought he would go in and kayak the river and be done, but he ran into many problems along the way.
The authors attitude towards the characters was great he explain every character in detail from...more
This story follows Rex as he chases his grand...more
Rex is tired of living in his grandfather...more
Excellent. A superb adventure story that should especially touch reluctant male teen readers. This is an exciting rush of adrenaline from start to finish. 17-year-old Rex is an expert whitewater kayaker taking after his grandfather who raised him along with his mother. His grandfather was well-known in his day for making many first descents down...more
1. The timeline: completely off. Rex is seventeen. His mother was seventeen when she had him, so she is thirty four. Her father returned from Colombia just before she was born, so he was there thirty four (34) years ago. However, Rex makes two references to the fact that his grandfather's trip to Colombia was sixty (60) years ago. Same mistake with Abuela. She was seventeen when she met Rex's grandfather and had his child. That would have to make her fifty one (34 + 17) when the...more
This book is about a young boy named Rex who is following his grandfather's dream of kayaking one of the world's unconquered wild rivers,El Furioso in Colombia,South America.With some help from friends in Brazil and a tour guide who knows everything about this river,he adventures to soon be the first to conquered it.Did you know that this river is somewhat real in our modern life?But,he faces trouble when the local village that the tour guide c...more
Well-written book. The story starts slow and steady then builds up to an exciting end. There is a lot of info regarding the location in Columbia and the way of life of the people there. And the author has so much detail regarding kayaking, it makes me want to try it myself! Teens should like this book.
This story is told in two voices, one the self-involved American boy, the other, an Indigena girl from Columbia. Her story was very interesting.
My sister used to kayak and she wanted me to try it. I did but I really love the body surfing better. Since...more
Although slow to start the pace quickens as the imminent descent of the river develops more dangers. Some concern may exist regarding the bias against first nations and indigen populations. Rex and Myriam's escape rings...more
*UPDATE: This is a young adult book and was written as such. I think it is an excellent read for children of that age. For an adult, you want a little more in depth into the issues it discusses and character development, but it wasn't written for an adult so you really can't ask for more than you got. It was a quick paced and interesting story. It kept you engaged and interested in what was happening.
SPOILER: I did enjoy reading it, although I found the whole...more