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First Descent

Written by Pam Withers

Category: Juvenile Fiction - Action & Adventure; Juvenile Fiction - Sports & Recreation - Extreme Sports
Imprint: Tundra Books
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: September 2011
Age: 12 and up
Trim Size: 5-1/8 x 7-5/8
# of Pages: 272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-257-8 (1-77049-257-7)

CDN Price: $19.99 / US Price: $17.95

ABOUT THIS BOOK

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.



PRAISE

“…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 recommended.”
CM Magazine



AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Pam Withers is the author of fifteen bestselling outdoor-adventure novels for teens, several nominated for awards. A former whitewater kayak instructor and raft guide, she spent twenty years as a journalist and editor. She speaks extensively across North America and is co-founder of KeenReaders.com. She has one son and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband, a university professor.


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