First Descent

First Descent

eBook - 2011
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Montana-born Rex loves nothing more than to take his kayak out on a river, the faster and more powerful the better. When he gets the opportunity to tackle the well-named El Furioso in southwest Colombia, he is thrilled. He anticipates the river's challenges, but finds himself in a situation where the real danger is human.

In Colombia, he meets Myriam Calambás, an indígena, who has lived along the El Furioso all her life. Though she loves its rushing waters, she dreams of leaving to get an education so that she can help her people. Her dreams, and her very survival, are in the balance when she and Rex are caught up in the clash between paramilitaries, working for rich landowners, and guerillas, who are supposed to be protecting the poor.

Pam Withers' skill at writing about extreme adventures combines with a compelling story about an endangered world and a people struggling for their very right to exist.
Publisher: New York : Tundra, 2011.
ISBN: 9781770492745
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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RL17Northlea Apr 05, 2013

I loved all the action in this book because of all its detail. The storyline with Rex and Myriam being cousins and the final scene were both so interesting.

09sparky Feb 25, 2013

I enjoyed "First Descent" especially at the end when Rex gets captured. My favourite part about this book was when Abuela told Myriam and Rex the story about Gramps and that they were cousins. I did like that Rex finally did his first descent but I didn't like how Rex went home alone without Myriam. She stayed there and he just kind of left. I felt like it didn't end properly.

samdog123 Feb 22, 2013

This is a really good adventure book. World class kayaker, Rex, attempts to follow in his Grandfather's footsteps by completing a treacherous "first descent" of a dangerous Columbian river. Along the way he meets indigenous native Myriam and her family and becomes sympathetic to their plight. Good view of other cultures and the difficulties that politics can place upon it's peoples. Red Maple nominee, 2013.

ForestofReadingTeam Jan 24, 2013

Cool Author Fact: PAM WITHERS was a River Raft Guide for many years!

dfss99 Jan 16, 2013

this book was a little slow at start but it picks up and gets really interesting. i LOVED the ending!!!!!

ASSASINSMAN23 Dec 04, 2012

it looks like a good book

n_red Nov 28, 2012

"First Descent is a dense, ambitious, challenging read; not only does the author pack in loads of information about the plight of indigenous people in Colombia, who are stuck in the midst of a civil war, she also introduces us to the finer points of elite-level kayaking... Withers, who has built her reputation as a writer of YA sports adventures, gets things moving quickly enough, and when the action starts to flow, the ride is fast and furious."Quill & Quire, September 2011

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