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The Maze

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  681 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Rick Walker is alone, on the run, and desperate. Stowing away in the back of a pickup truck, he suddenly finds himself at a dead end in a surreal landscape of redrock spires and deep canyons called the Maze. In this heart-stopping adventure, master storyteller Will Hobbs brings readers a unique tale of identity, personal growth, and friendship. 01 Blue Sp ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 28th 1998 by HarperCollins (first published 1998)
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Apr 07, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a young boy, Rick bounced around from foster house to foster house. Could you imagine being a young boy with no parents? He never really knew where he belonged so he acted out about his situation. His behavior landed him a spot at the Blue Canyon Youth Detention Center. His 6 month sentence there was cut short one day when Rick made a run for his freedom. Eventually, he found himself living with a biologist, Lon Peregrino, in the canyons of Arizona. Rick learned that sometimes in life people ...more
Mar 11, 2009 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for gr. 6-12. This is my all-time favorite Will Hobbs book. I love his descriptions of the Maze (in Canyonlands National Park), the condors and hang-gliding. It makes me want to fly myself! The story deals with Rick, a troubled 14-year-old on the run, who ends up in the camp of Lon Peregrino, a condor scientist in the Maze. The two loners find themselves with much in common, working their way from suspicion to acceptance to trust, while dealing with bad guys and nature. A great read, ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Maze

By Will Hobbs, 1998, fiction

In this will Hobbs book, Rick Walker changes his life. Hobbs leads you though the up and downs of Rick's crazy life. This book is like watching a good movie, always getting better as it goes. "'The state of Nevada has a problem with you...' the judge began, then paused to glare at him over his reading glasses." Will Hobbs crated this to tell of a story of a boy getting into trouble and finding a way out by running away.

Rick had a vary hard life at the begin
Leah Good
Rick's life is in shambles. Frightened and with no one to turn to, he resorts to the only solution he can land on. Running away. Desperation leads Rick to one snap decision after another until he comes face to face with the owner of a vehicle he "sort of" stole and gets a terse but unexpectedly lenient reaction. With no where else to go, Rick stays with Lon, who turns out to be a scientist working to reintroduce Condors to Canyonlands National Park.

I picked this book up at a gift shop in Grand C
Steve Cran
Mar 17, 2015 Steve Cran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life can be rather difficult at times, especially if you are young Rick Walker. Raised by his grandmother after his mother and father basically abandoned him, his life has been a daunting maze ever since she died. Bumped around from group home to group home, Rick came to the conclusion that life in the foster care system sucked. One dead end after another, Rick was frustrated so he decided to hurl stones at a stop sign. For that he got arrested and sentenced to 6 months t the Blue Canyon Juvenil ...more
Lorraine Montgomery
Jan 22, 2015 Lorraine Montgomery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: junior or teen boys or girls
"Who is Rick Walker?" the judge intoned. . .

Rick knew hewasn't dangerous to anybody, if that was what the judge was getting at. Throwing rocksat astop sign wouldn't suggestthat he was, would it? He'd never hurt anybody.

"For violating the express conditions of your probation, sixmonths in Blue Canyon Youth Detention Center," the judge pronounced. . .

Rick went instantly numb. Paralyzed. Struck by lightning. He'd heard about Blue Canyon, down near Las Vegas. There were even murderers in there.

David Taylor
Dec 14, 2014 David Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished The Maze by Will Hobbs. The main character Rick Walder, who is fourteen and has been bouncing around from one foster home to the next, finds himself in a juvenile detention center in Utah. He managed to escape from the camp by hiding in the back of the truck, but this just leads him to bigger problems. He ends up lost in the middle of nowhere, The Maze,but manages to find a bird biologist by the name of Lon Perigrino. Rick is fascinated by Lon’s work and decides to stick arou ...more
Mike Mcdaniel
May 09, 2014 Mike Mcdaniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Austin Erdman
I have finished reading The Maze by Will Hobbs. This story is about a boy that ends up in a juvenile detention center after being through a bunch of foster and group homes. Rick escapes after trying to blow the whistle on corrupt guards. His journey ends at an isolated camp on the edge of a system of canyons known as the Maze District, in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Here he finds a biologist Lon Peregrino who is nurturing six young condors bred in captivity. Lon Peregrino is not very good ...more
Georgia Ivens
Aug 12, 2015 Georgia Ivens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible!! It started out with a little hope in the very beginning (even though the boy went to a military camp thing for stealing a cd.....?), and it also reminded me of holes in the beginning which I like. When he escaped he came across this guy in the middle of the desert with wild, man-eating birds and it didn't really go anywhere for then on. There was absolutely no plot in this book and the event were random, out of place and just plain boring. I had to stop reding it almost ...more
Jan 15, 2015 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really my thing but I'm trying to read more "boy" books so I can have good ones to recommend. My dad commented that the last book I recommend to him was ok but "girly" with too many descriptions of clothes and feelings. I liked The Maze though I've never read Will Hobbs before so I was worried at first that it might have graphic violence or language in some tense spots but there was nothing offensive. I found myself very interested in the condors and visiting the real website to see how they ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Linnae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick is at a dead end. With his life threatened at the Juvenile Detention Center he's been sentenced to, he makes a desperate escape into the desert. Eventually he stumbles into the camp of a bird biologist, Lon Peregrino, who releases condors into the wild and watches over them as they mature.
Lon and Rick have more in common than they might have guessed, and before long become partners, of a sort.

Lon's camp is in the middle of rugged Southwestern Utah, a place called The Maze, due to all of its
Dec 04, 2013 Justyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading some Will Hobbs books in the past, I thought I would've enjoyed this one as much as I did with the other books. But I couldn't love this one, yes Will Hobbs is one of my favorite authors I just didn't enjoy the book like I thought I would've. I enjoy reading books with a lot of action and mystery. The ones about survival or a journey across the country. Yes this book had some but it didn't really interest me as much as others.

I did enjoy the first several chapters of the book, whe
I would recommend this book because of its adventurous nature, but not really for any other reason. It is not a bad book, exactly, but it is not a phenomenal book either. Rick’s character is really flat and unrealistic. He has no real character flaws, and Lon and he connect way too fast to be believable. It also seems too coincidental that Lon just happens to have an almost identical background to Rick’s. The ending also has some problems. Most of the book focuses on the conflict between Lon and ...more
I thought this was a great book, mainly because Rick, alone and stranded, is what many teenagers can relate to. (although not nearly as extreme conditions) I thought it was brilliant how Will Hobbs put such an unbelievable yet amazing story in such a remote yet real place. At some parts, I didn't get the point of the story, but overall it was a great book! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes adventure, suspense, and the environment/animals. Wonderful book!
Dec 18, 2011 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done-2
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Mar 23, 2015 Diego rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was a horrible book...

These are the reasons it was bad

#1. No maze...
#2. Only 1 main character...(not like The Blood of Olympus where there is 10 main characters)
#3. No action at all...
#4. So hard to get the plot of the story
#5. In the book it made him sound like a 7 year old kid when on the book cover he is like 13 years old

-Drpy Guy
Mark Smiley
Sep 29, 2014 Mark Smiley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent teen book. Has all the great tropes of life...death, attachment, Southern Utah, hang gliding, endangered species, rebellion against authority...

A teen escapes from a correctional facility and finds his way to Utah. He becomes involved with a wildlife conservationist who is introducing condors into the park. There are bad guys around who want to get rid of thengupym dope so they can get their illegal stash out.

Lots of adventure and good emotions.

I enjoyed this book a lot.
Oct 05, 2014 Johana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite adventure story, but I'm glad I finished it. The writing style was very honest and detailed, all elements of the plot tied together well without an overly sappy ending. There was nothing i found particularly negative about this book, but the storyline just didn't really speak to any of my personal interests. Some parts seem a bit far-fetched, but of course it is fiction. Considering how some situations were handled, i don't think I would say the story is completely believable, bu ...more
Purple Osprey
It's an ok book I suppose. A little too dry, a little too basic, there must 5000 similar books out there written in this same overly simplistic style.
It does not scream talent.
Failed to impress.

As it is common with this type of books bad guy is more evil than Satan himself ;)

Pity about the dog :)
Mar 22, 2014 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son's recommendation. So I read it to the girls. Definitely a good book...especially for guys. We especially enjoyed the descriptions of the Maze and rehabilitating the Condors. The book has a good message and just enough adventure.
Book Riot
Jan 19, 2014 Book Riot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Maze, by Will Hobbs was very interesting. It was a story about a run away teen age boy, North American (California) Condors, the Maze section of the Canyon Lands National Park in Utah, hang gliding.It all comes together in a great adventure that most teen and preteen readers should love. And they'll get some real life information too.
Feb 26, 2011 Johnp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Will Hobbs crafts a nice story about a directionless teenage boy who gets called upon to make some tough decisions. We meet Rick, a teen who finds himself assigned to a juvenile detention center for 6 months. Just as the sentence appears to be up, something happens that makes him flee the center and take off on his own. He meets Lon, a person responsible for a condor program in the desert. What follows is a tale of danger, trust and narrow escapes. Overall, a great story.

If you like this, I wou
Jul 24, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens, 2016
Another adventure with a good-hearted protagonist book by Will Hobbs. My kids really enjoyed this one and I thought it was one of his better written books.
May 08, 2015 Lugosifan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was branching out a bit, this isn't the type of book I'd normally read. I mean, I read a lot of thrillers, however I usually don't read thrillers about environmental problems. I still enjoyed it though. :)
Oct 10, 2011 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a sucker for a book about an angry, seemingly unreachable teen who just needs a chance and someone to listen. Action, mystery, and heart. A little bit for everyone. I really expected to not like this book. It seems sort of erringly marketed as an adventure/wilderness/survival book. I would instead market it as adventure/mystery.

I liked it -one of those that pulls ya right in. It was recommended to me by a boy in my class. As an adult, I can say it sort of hits you over the head with its them
Ian Hanson
It was fine, some parts were boring and kinda dull. The author didn't real explain to much I didn't real get the point of the story
Mar 09, 2014 Roni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me care about Rick, Maverick, Lon, and the condors. It was a very great book. My only note is the cover looks cheesy.
Cody 8-1
Feb 27, 2008 Cody 8-1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventurous people
I really liked this book because it had a lot of adventure in it.
This book is about a kid named Rick. He is fourteen and gets into trouble for throwing rocks at a stop sign, and stealing cd's. He is sent to court where his punishment is six months in the toughest juvy camp in the southwest. While Rick is there, he plans how to escape. When he does, he hitches rides away ans ends up in Utah, where he meets a man dedicated to birds. While Rick is there, he learns that sometimes, you're just not go
Apr 06, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-6-top-picks
Outdoorsy middle grades action lit with a beautiful setting and great conservation theme.
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WILL HOBBS is the author of seventeen novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, were named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. ALA also named Far North and Downriver to their list of the 100 Best You ...more
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