Thursday, July 28, 2011
Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
Sarah has just begun attending an expensive private school but she doesn't fit in because she is there on a scholarship. While on a class trip to the Everglades Sarah is even more aware of how much of an outsider she is when all the other girls ignore her and whisper about her. While wandering around the campsite by herself, Sarah meets Andy, a boy who lives nearby. When Andy invites her to go on an airboat ride she decides to play sick and go with him. The two are having a wonderful time together when they stop for a break on a small island. That's when Andy realizes that he forgot to put the plug back in the boat and it has sunk, ten miles from camp. The only way to survive is to walk back to camp through the Everglades but that means days in the hot sun with no food, surrounded by blood-sucking insects, all while trying to avoid the thousands of alligators and poisonous snakes. This is a great survival story full of all sorts of dangers but also an appreciation of the amazing qualities of the Everglades.