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The River by Gary Paulsen
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Dec 08, 11

Read in December, 2011

This book is truly great. For those who want to read it, here is what happens.

The story begins when Brian Robeson, who survived for fifty four days in the woods of Canada was encountered by three men that wanted him to do that again. At first he says no, but then he was convinced that he could do it and decided to. Of course he had done hardcore begging to his divorced parents. In a few months, Brian would go to the woods with one of the three men and he will study him for military training purposes. Finally the day came and Brian Robeson went back to where he had just come from. Since this was planned, they were equipped with lots of equipment and many things for any emergency. Even though it was a promise to his mom, Brian decided to leave all the equipment except the knifes and the radio. They would stay 54 days in the Northern woods so Brian could be studied. On the first night, They both slept with fire nor shelter, so they got wet and swollen up by Mosquitoes. On the second day though, their luck changed greatly, they found rocks used to make fire, a shelter enough for to and lots of berries for food. At almost the end of the trip, a terrifying storm came and lightning struck right next to Derek(the person that was studying Brian) and destroying the Radio. Derek was in Coma and the radio got destroyed. Brian finds a map in Derek's briefcase and used it to find a way to where civilization was. He makes a raft and sets of to a Trading Center. Read the book to see what finds out in the end.
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