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The Maze

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  609 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Just fourteen, Rick Walder is alone, on the run, and desperate. Stowing away in the back of a truck, he suddenly finds himself at a dead end, out in the middle of nowhere. The Maze. In this surreal landscape of stark redrock spires and deep sandstone canyons, Rick stumbles into the remote camp of Lon Perigrino, a bird biologist who is realeasing fledgling California condor ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by HarperCollins (first published 1998)
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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
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
Steve Cran
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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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
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
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!
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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
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.
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 :)
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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. :)
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
Outdoorsy middle grades action lit with a beautiful setting and great conservation theme.
Robyn Simmons
Nov 26, 2008 Robyn Simmons rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: intermediate/m.s. readers
A troubled fourteen year old named Rick Walker is out in the world on his own. He ran away from a juvenile detention centerin Nevada to a red rock canyon in Utah. Here he stumbles upon a man who changes his life forever. Lon Peregrino shares his love for condor birds with Rick and encourges him to get his life back on the right track. This book could be used in a literature discussion activity. The students can perform a compare and contrast chart based on the growth of the main character Rick W ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Rivkah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any one who likes studying animals
Shelves: awsome-books
MaJoR SpOiLeRs

This is about a person who is at a bad camp, a juvenile offenders camp. I think he doesn't belong there. Rick must think that to, because when a friend tells him he's on the beat-up list, he hit's the trail. He stoles away in a truck with two dead cows in the back.

He meets a scientist that is studying huge vultures that are almost extinct.

But what about the people who don't like Condors? What will they do? Surprise ending.

A very nice book.

Have fun with the dead calfs!

I wonder why
Nathan Cluff
I had loved the book even with the time that has passed since reading it. The pacing that it has was done fairly well, enough that the age it was intended for would be glued onto the page wanting to soak in each event in Rick's life. Rick, as a troubled teen was well done if the idea that he was much more than just a troubled teen, and his parents were the typical ones that cared too much. It made the book that much better though, with how the characters were done, and the point of view used by ...more
Emily N
The maze is an excellent book if you are looking for inspiration, because Rick, the main character is struggling to find his way through the maze of his life. While hes doing that he meets Lon Perigrino and helps him too. My favorite part of this book is when Lon and Rick are in The Maze doing a reintroduction of the endangered speices of condors. The reason is because this is where you get to know the two characters...and the condors.
Dayna Smith
If you like Gary Paulsen, you will love Will Hobbs. Really good stories even girls would like, but his books especially appeal to boys. 14-year-old Rick is all alone and on the run. Hiding in the back of a pickup he suddenly finds himself in the middle of The Maze. Alone in the wilderness with a semi-friendly stranger, two meanies with a nasty pit bull, and six fledgling condors. A really good story although the ending is a little pat.
Sandra Strange
A foster child tries unsuccessfully to deal with his negative feelings after the grandmother who raises him dies. He is sent to a harsh detention center, but manages to escape and makes his way to Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and is sheltered by a reclusive naturalist who is employed to reintroduce condors into the wild. Good adventure (complete with bad guys and hang gliding) with a dynamically changing hero. Positive.
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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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