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Lost in the River of Grass

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,163 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews
"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
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Carolrhoda Books (first published August 1st 2010)
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Feb 28, 2011 Cara rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 31, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
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Jan 26, 2011 Claudia rated it really liked it
"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
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
Aug 29, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it
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
May 04, 2013 Susana rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Kreitzer
Dec 06, 2010 Laura Kreitzer rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporaries
When 13-year-old Sarah and 15-year-old Andy get stuck in the middle of the Everglades, alone, they must work together to find their way through the wilderness and get back home. This is a great survival story, of pushing beyond preconceived limitations and realizing that you're a lot tougher than you think you are.

While this is technically labeled a YA read, I felt like it was more MG. Granted, there are a handful of strong curse words, but based on the ages of the protags and the overall nature
Dec 22, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing
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
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
Lilyan Schoo
Mar 05, 2015 Lilyan Schoo rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is a page turner! A must read if you like books with female role this book is for you! Romance bit so much but it's still a wonderful book.
Grace Nichols
Oct 12, 2016 Grace Nichols rated it really liked it
This book has been one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time! It's about these two characters named Sarah and Andy (also a duckling that becomes their new friend along the way named Teapot) who decide to take an airboat out to a isolated island in the Everglades. When the airboat sinks and the kids are stuck on the island, they are given no other choice but to walk/swim back to the main land, which is about 15 miles. They come up against many troubles, since it is the Everglades, ...more
Elizabeth Drake
Jun 30, 2012 Elizabeth Drake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books, survival

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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
Jun 04, 2012 Beverly rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Like, what do I even say about this book? It was just so freaking annoying.

I was literally dying of boredom in the first couple of chapters. It was a total cliche: the scholarship girl is hated by all the rich kids at her fancy school and blah blah blah - I don't care.

Then she goes off on a boat ride with a guy she doesn't know and doesn't tell anyone about it. Stupid move. So then disaster strikes in the form of their boat sinking and now they have to find a way to trek 10 miles of the evergl
Jan 08, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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
Mary Chrapliwy
Jul 13, 2011 Mary Chrapliwy rated it it was amazing
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
Dylan B.
Mar 02, 2015 Dylan B. rated it it was amazing
Lost In A River of Grass is a great book for outdoorsy readers like me. This book is about when a girl named Sarah goes to the Everglades on a class field trip. While she is down in the Everglades she meets a boy named Andy. She is an outcast at her school so she doesn’t want to be there so she says she is sick and when the class leaves she goes out with Andy. When she goes out with Andy he takes her out airboating. Andy lets Sarah drive the boat and when she does she accidentally runs over a ba ...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 Arthur Pengerbil rated it really liked it
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
Lisa Nocita
Jul 06, 2012 Lisa Nocita rated it really liked it
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
This was an awesome adventure through the Everglades in Florida. What starts out as a typical science class field trip for Sarah, the new girl in her school and an "outsider", ends up being a trip she may never forget. Sarah is afraid of lots of swamp critters, like the cottonmouth snakes and alligators that abound in the Everglades. But she really hates being invisible, or worse, being made fun of because she is in her new school on a swimming scholarship. So when a cute boy shows up at the cam ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Bayla rated it really liked it
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
Jan 13, 2013 Owen rated it it was ok
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
May 06, 2012 Anah rated it really liked it
Fast-moving, interesting and full of twists and turns that make you think. A really fun read!
Nov 28, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it
Have you ever gotten lost in the Everglades? Well that's what happened to Sarah Emerson and Andy Malone. They both faced many challenges and obstacles throughout this book, called Lost in the River of Grass. Sarah is on a field trip with her school class. She's not very popular and is ignored. She decides to skip a field trip to the Fakahatchee Strand to go on an airboat ride with the new boy she met, named Andy. Then ends up getting lost in the Everglades. The main character Sarah struggles th ...more
Feb 02, 2017 Loni rated it liked it
A YA Fiction book about two young teens who end up lost in the Everglades. The story is full of adventure, compassion, science, and drama. A quick read, mostly clean, informational and interesting. A good read for higher elementary/junior high age readers. The book is interesting primarily because it takes you on an adventure that could be real-life and is about a place that many of us have never ventured.
May 07, 2017 Phillip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-6-8, high-9-12
4.5 stars
Jul 04, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been lost three times in my life. Once was with my friend when I was in 6th grade. We were riding our bikes and took one too many unknown turns and ended up in a field on a gravel path. It wasn't really that scary we'd packed a lunch, had planned on having an adventure and, in my small home town, all we had to do was pedaled to the top of the hill (hard on gravel, but not impossible) to see in what direction we needed to pedal to get back to town.

The second time involved my sisters and my g
Cassandra Moore
Apr 18, 2011 Cassandra Moore rated it really liked it
This book was a little different from most YA novels I read. The plot focuses around Sarah and Andy in their struggle to survive trapped out in the Florida Everglades. They are ten miles away from the levee which can lead them home with a can of Spam and a bottle of Gatorade. No one knew they were leaving and no one knows where they were headed. It's broke up into days rather than chapters, and the pacing goes pretty well with this guideline despite some slow parts. The story was enthralling, es ...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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