The River Book Summary and Study Guide

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It has been two years since Brian Robeson survived in the Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet, and now, two government employees knock on his door. They come to inform Brian that he has to survive in the wilderness once again. They say that they will send a psychologist with him named Derek Holtzer, to take notes on all of Brian's activities. The purpose of Derek is so when he returns, he can show army scouts survival skills. After a long discussion with his mom, Brian convinces her that he must do this, since he is the only one who can. Derek has never been in the wilderness, while Brian loves it; however, he is very shy, which means that it will be hard for Derek to take notes. From here, the two take a private plane, and are left in the wilderness alone. Derek has his pen and notebook, while Brian has his weapon of choice - a hatchet. Soon after arriving, a fierce thunderstorm erupts. In the midst of this natural occurrence, Derek is hit by lightning. At first, Brian thinks that the psychologist is dead, but soon after that, he figures out that Derek is in a coma. Brian predicts that under the circumstances, Derek has only six days to live. So Brian decides to build a raft, and paddle 119 miles down the river to Brannock Trading Post. From this point on, the story revolves around Brian's fight against nature on a weak raft, and one fierce river.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   water adventure

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Canadian (Aboot!)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   peddle boat

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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