White Water. P. J. Petersen
PUBLISHER, 1997; Awarded 2000.
Synopsis: Though Greg is fearful, he agrees to go on a white water rafting trip with his father and younger, more daring half-brother. Because Greg's parents are divorced, he spends a weekend just once a month with his father who is trying to help him overcome his fears. The trip takes a dangerous turn when Greg's father is bitten by a poisonous snake, and it is up to Greg to find a way to transport his father out of the wilderness for medical help.
Themes: Divorce, Father/son relationship, Half-brother, Self-esteem, Fear, Courage, Ingenuity
Discussion questions: Standard 3, Benchmark 3
1. What details helped you picture the ride down the river?
2. What do you admire about Greg?
3. How does Greg overcome his fear?
1. Based on Greg's experience, write a number of tips or suggestions for overcoming fear. Put your tips on a raft-shaped poster. Standard 3, Benchmark 4
2. Interview Greg after his adventure. What questions will you ask him? How will he answer your questions? Videotape your interview with the help of a friend. Standard 3, Benchmark 4
3. Greg's dad says that the fastest way to do a thing is to do it right the first time. Write about a problem you have had and how you solved it. Did you do it right the first time? How did your dilemma turn out? Standard 3, Benchmark 2