Lost in the River of Grass
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Lost in the River of Grass

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"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 aren't exactly makin...more
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Carolrhoda Books (first published August 1st 2010)
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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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Sarah is a scholarship kid at a prestigious private school, where she doesn't quite feel accepted due to her scholarship status and her race. On a field trip to the everglades, Sarah feels extra isolated until a local boy, Andy, asks her if she wants to go out on an air boat ride. Just them. Seeing a chance to escape her classmates for a day, Sarah eagerly says yes.

As it turns out, that was a pretty big mistake. While they're exploring an everglades cabin with a duckling Sarah has adopted on the...more
"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...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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Jul 27, 2013 Susana rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
Arthur Pengerbil
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Jensen Gomez
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...more
Fast-moving, interesting and full of twists and turns that make you think. A really fun read!
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Author interview:

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...more
This is a great book. I almost said "this is a great middle grade book" since I specifically picked this book up as I was looking for books for my library (6-8), but then I caught myself. It's a great book regardless of your age or grade. Sarah is the perfect center for this story about getting lost in the Everglades. She's smart and funny, but she's also a total outsider. The poor girl on scholarship at the fancy school- personally I liked that she was on an athletic scholarship (for swimming)...more
Sarah is an average girl who is accepted to an expensive privet school called the glades. Her mother is a cook there. Her father is a roofer. She is on scolorship for her swimming abilities. She has no friends, and wants badly to be accepted by her classmates. On a class field trip to the Everglades, she meets a boy, Andy, who offers to take her on a ride in the glades on his airboat (she is still thirteen and he is fifteen). So she agrees and pretends to be sick in front of her teacher and snea...more
Sarah didn't really want to go on the weekend field trip to the Everglades, but her parents genuinely believe that she'll get something out of it, so she goes anyway. Taunted by the other girls on the trip and ignored by the boys, Sarah attempts to keep to herself. She meets the boy whose parents own the camp, Andy, and agrees to go on an airboat ride with him. She pretends to be sick to avoid the next day's outing and then takes off with Andy. The ride is awesome, even if there are tons of mosq...more
I read this story in a couple of hours and I can honestly tell you it felt like I was beside Sarah searching for my way out of Everglades.

Sarah is a young girl who is a loner. She has courage and wants to change the fact that she has no friends at school. I admire her for that. I know that a lot of young adults who feel that they are ‘outsiders’ at school just let it all sly by. They won’t take initiative, just because they are scared. And even though she is scared, she is still trying to talk t...more
Sarah is the odd man out on a field trip to the Everglades. She is a scholarship student at her preppy school and doesn't fit in with the other kids. So it is no surprise when she pretends to be sick to get out of an outing. Instead she accepts the invitation of Andy, camp owners son, to take an airboat ride. The ride is exhilarating and scary, but even more scary is finding the boat sunk after their picnic lunch. Seems Andy forgot to put the plug back in after washing the boat. Now he and Sarah...more
Anastasia Tuckness
Summary: Girl on field trip ditches her class to take ride on airboat with local guy to remote part of Everglades. Boat sinks while they eat lunch. Their only hope of survival is to walk out--which will take days.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved it so much, I made Alex watch a documentary so I could see the Everglades!

The characters are fascinating, too, not just the survival part. The main characters are Sarah, a smart black girl who's on a swimming scholarship at a private school and n...more
Okay, so the first thing I noticed about this book was that it was written in first person present. Now, it’s really hard to pull off, mainly only if the story is very plot driven and filled to the brim with action, which, unfortunately, this book has neither. It starts off slow, which makes the first person present writing feel awkward and sluggy. Thankfully, though, it picks up a bit, but only several chapters later.

Personally, I’m questioning Sarah’s sanity and intelligence for ditching the s...more
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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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