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Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
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Apr 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-challenge
Read in April, 2011

Review copy from Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Books
Survival in the Florida Everglades! Sarah is a scholarship student at a high-priced private school, and she is on a weekend biology field trip into the Everglades. She doesn't fit in with the wealthy, snobby "swamp Barbies" on the trip, and manages to stay back from an excursion for one morning. When she meets Andy, who is normal and kind to her, she agrees to go for an airboat ride with him, thinking they will be back before her school group returns. One minor miscalculation, and the airboat sinks, leaving the two stranded miles into the Everglades, with little food and a bottle of Gatorade. They face walking out through swamps and tall sawgrass, filled with mosquitoes, wild animals and hungry gators. Sarah must use everything she knows and depend upon someone she barely knows in order to survive. Realistic, with many mistakes and weak moments (like when Andy confesses he couldn't stop himself from drinking the last of the Gatorade), but hopeful... this is about finding out how much further you can go when you think you have nothing left. 6th grade and up.

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