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River Thunder (River #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  385 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Jessie, Troy, and the rest of the crew from Downriver have returned to the Grand Canyon for adventure down the Colorado River. In the year since they last were together, each has changed; each feels more mature. But how will they interact now that they are facing new challenges--challenges greater than anything they've had to deal with at home?

For Troy, it is a chance to p
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Published February 9th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 11th 1997)
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Simon Lindley
Sep 28, 2015 Simon Lindley rated it really liked it
Shelves: adv-english-11
River Thunder is the exhilarating sequel to Downriver. Troy wants to prove that he has changed, so he plans a trip back to the Grand Canyon for another rafting adventure and invites his friends: Jessie, Adam, Star, Rita, and Pug. This time, Troy promises, the trip will not be just about him. Jessie, who strongly disliked Troy on the last trip, has second thoughts about coming, but eventually she decides not to turn down the adventure of a lifetime. Unlike last time, Troy acquires the proper Nati ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Alantie rated it liked it
I found out about this book somehow- I always liked the first book Downriver and had no idea that there was a sequel. I knew it probably wasn't the greatest idea considering it would probably smash my nostalgia and do things I didn't want it to, but I picked it up to read anyway.

Suffice to say I expected this book to tie up some of the loose ends from the first- namely what became of Troy, the unresolved issues between him and the rest of the gang, and to see something more develop between Jessi
Jul 08, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
No matter what happened downriver, this was pure magic. I remembered how much I was in love with moving water. What a feeling, taking a raft through a rapid. There’s just nothing like it. I wanted more and more and I was definitely going to have my chance. One rapid down, a hundred and fifty-nine to go.

I’m not ready to get involved like that, not with you or anybody. What I’m looking forward to is getting out on my own… inventing my own life. Don’t take this wrong, but I feel like what
Nathan Gilbert
Oct 26, 2015 Nathan Gilbert rated it really liked it
In my opinion, River Thunder by Will Hobbs was a great novel! I liked the plot of the book and how the events played out. I also liked the external conflict that most of the characters in the in novel faced. The huge external conflict that they faced was major amounts of water being released into the river from the dam which made the river more challenging to whitewater raft. I enjoyed this conflict being in the novel because it played a major role in the characters physical and mental well bein ...more
Holly Wagner
The crew from Downriver returns to the Grand Canyon as interns with hopes of completing the Grand Canyon trip through the big rapids; Granite, Hermit, Crystal, Lava Falls in their own rafts. The flood level waters have different plans for our intrepid teens. How will the unlikely group find strength in each other to survive?

Hobbs, W. (1997). River thunder. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
Awards: Young Adult Choices, International Reading Association (IRA), Junior Library Guild Selection
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Nov 06, 2008 Bennett rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Jessie, Troy, and the rest of the crew from Downriver have returned to the Grand Canyon for adventure down the Colorado River. In the year since they last were together, each has changed; each feels more mature. But how will they interact now that they are facing new challenges--challenges greater than anything they've had to deal with at home?

For Troy, it is a chance to prove he can be a team player, someone worthy of friendship and love. For Jessie, the river is the ultimate test. Does she hav
Jun 12, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal
A well-written sequel to the book Downriver. The author includes just about all of the literary devices! Highly recommend this book to everyone ages 12+.
Don Gubler
Sep 08, 2014 Don Gubler rated it liked it
Will Hobbs does a pretty good river book. It is just too hard to match 30,000 miles of stories that I have lived.
Jackson Schlussel
Jan 26, 2016 Jackson Schlussel rated it it was ok
It was a good book but it repeated a lot when telling about the detail of the white water.
Sep 15, 2011 Tem12659 rated it really liked it
Jessie and the rest of the crew see Troy from the last trip. They don't like Troy already. He invites them to a cafe where he admits that Adam isn't coming, and he wrote the letters to everyone. Jessie was furious, as with the rest of her friends. Even though they were angry; they agreed to ateend the rafting trip. The next day everyone is gearing up, and getting in their rafts. I like this book; its exciting. Thers always something going on. For example they're getting ready to raft the Colorad ...more
May 21, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it
Good book for middle school studnets
Susan Emmet
Jan 03, 2013 Susan Emmet rated it really liked it
Read this YAL book as part of sub job teaching.
Liked it!
Follow-up to Downriver.
Tracks the "crew" of an Outward Bound-like program as they are summoned, supposedly by their former leader Al, but really by Troy, who has hoodwinked all of them.
They course through the CO River/Grand Canyon, hitting hard water all the time, and discovering alot about themselves - and Troy.
Supposedly based on actual trips Hobbs and his wife did.
Full of realistic detail and enough drama to appeal to younger readers.
Aug 08, 2011 Bekah rated it really liked it
Great sequel to Downriver! There are not that many adventure novels with female leads that aren't in the fantasy genre- but this and Downriver are great ones! The one issue I had with this one is that there are some technological references that really date the book- which is too bad b/c I was actually thinking that this book was "timeless" until I got to one chapter with these references- ugh. Oh well- it is still a great read if you like adventures. :)
Ben Oliver
Nov 14, 2013 Ben Oliver rated it did not like it
I thought this book was not very good. I didn't like it because it didn't have enough action in the beginning to catch my attention. Later in the book more action comes like when Jessie fell out of the boat and almost drowns. Jessie does not like this one guy from the past year of rafting. His name was Troy. That is what I think of this book
Jul 29, 2014 Eireanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: booklist-books
On the suggested summer reading list for students. Started to read it and realized it was a sequel, so I had to find the first book and read that first to be able to understand what they were talking about. Would have been missing something had I not read that first book, which isn't always the case with sequels.
Mar 26, 2012 Toni rated it really liked it
I remember reading " River Thunder " by Will Hobbs about a year ago or something, but it was actually pretty good. There's lots of adventure, twists, and more that makes you to want to keep reading it.
Stephanie Belyeu
Sep 06, 2012 Stephanie Belyeu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
5 star rating was in part because I loved the adventure of the river and the feeling of being there. I also realize Hobbs wrote of struggling with a controlling person pretty darn well.
Jeff Herman
Nov 10, 2011 Jeff Herman rated it really liked it
Because this author has first hand experience rafting the Colorado River the book was very entertaining and provided an insight to the thrill that a river can dish out.
Jun 12, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!!!!!
its a good book adn i like it
it has adventure, romance and freindship in it
i read it traveling and was a life saver
Jul 10, 2013 Elaine rated it liked it
An adventurous read of a group of friends white water rafting the Grand Canyon. A bit repetitious in part.
May 24, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Another middle school read that I remember enjoying.
Jan 30, 2008 Krysta rated it it was amazing
The sequel to Downriver. Very cool also.
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Sep 18, 2012 1Cameron rated it liked it
it was a pretty good book
Jun 16, 2013 Greta rated it liked it
Not as good as the first one.
Jun 09, 2008 Rose added it
Shelves: adult-fiction
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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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