Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.65 × 5.37 × 0.73 in
Published: February 11, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 177049412X
ISBN - 13: 9781770494121
From the Publisher
Montana-born Rex dreams of following in his grandfather''s
footsteps and making a first descent down one of the world''s last
unconquered wild rivers. When he finally gets enough sponsors, Rex
heads to South America to tackle the well-named El Furioso. And
while he anticipates the river''s challenges, he finds himself in a
situation where the real danger is human.
In Colombia, he hires a guide: seventeen year-old Myriam Calambás,
an indígena who has lived along El Furioso all her life. Though she
loves its rushing waters, Myriam longs to go to university, become
a reporter, and tell the world what is happening to her people. Her
dreams, and her very survival, are in the balance when she and Rex
become caught up in the clash between the paramilitaries, who work
for the rich landowners, and the guerillas, who are supposed to
protect the poor.
Pam Withers'' skill at writing about extreme sports is reflected in
this compelling novel about an endangered world and a people
struggling for their very right to exist.
About the Author
PAM WITHERS is the critically acclaimed author of fifteen
best-selling outdoor-adventure books for teens. Born in Wisconsin
and fascinated by the world of extreme sports, she is a former
slalom kayak racer, kayak instructor, whitewater raft guide,
journalist, editor, and associate publisher. A popular public
speaker across North America, Pam Withers is also co-founder of
www.keenreaders.org. Pam Withers lives in Vancouver, British
Columbia, with her husband. The author lives in Vancouver, British
"…Pam Withers'' new book First Descent is a book that just
can''t be put down. From the first page to the last, Withers keeps
her readers on the edge of their seats. Moving from a tale of
frustration and arrogance to one of survival, heroism, and
humility, the story of Rex''s adventure to Colombia to navigate the
aptly named El Furioso river will keep audiences flipping
pages until the last sentence. Withers is a talented author with a
knack for exciting and gripping action as well as for sympathetic
and moving characters. The plot is well-paced, and her prose
elicits beautiful images of the Colombian landscape…. Highly
"...From the first page, when Rex hears a crack of river ice, sees
an eight-year-old in peril, and enacts a dramatic rescue in which
he must out-paddle an advancing mountain of ice, Withers flings the
reader from one perilous adventure to another...."
- Booklist "
Kayaking action and encounters with the various military groups are
vivid and thrilling."
- Kirkus Reviews
"...a fast-paced novel.... Mature teens will find this a compelling
story of clashing cultures and social challenge."
-The Midwest Book Review