Boil Line (Orca Sports)

Series: Orca Sports
Publication Date: 1 Feb. 2020
Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN 9781459818439

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    Camp Clearwater is home to best friends Nate, Owen and Mercy. They practically grew up on the Starling River. But the summer they turn sixteen an incident forces the camp to close its doors. Mike Elliot, the river guide who taught the teens everything they know, is lost to the rapids.

    A tragic accident, everyone agrees. Except for Nate. Mike was the best kayaker he'd ever met. The smartest. The safest. He respected and loved the river, and as far as Nate is concerned, the river loved Mike back. If his instructor was pulled under by the Starling, then Nate is sure foul play was involved. To find the truth, Nate must face his greatest fears as he retraces Mike's final run through the Black Hole, the most treacherous waters on the Starling.


    Book Type: Junior Chapter
    Age Group: 9 to 12 years
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    Class Novel: Yes
    Good Reads Rating: 5/5
    Literary Rating: 5/5


    Nate has a huge fear of river rapids. He nearly drowned in the Nebula -- one of the most dangerous rapids at Camp Clearwater -- as a kid, so he knows firsthand how dangerous they are.

    When experienced kayaker Mike Elliot goes missing in the rapids, Nate knows there's something amiss. Not only is Mike one of the best kayakers Nate knows, but he left his lucky rafting knife behind -- and Mike never forgets that knife.

    Taking the investigation into his own hands isn't easy, but Nate knows that he can't leave this one up to Mr Evans -- the camp director -- or the authorities. His friends, Owen and Mercy, think he's crazy to believe Mike survived the Nebula alone, but they agree to help him discover what happened to Mike.

    As the three teens get closer to discovering the truth, they stumble across some secrets concerning Camp Clearwater. Apparently, Mr Evans was allowing people to dump rubbish on the grounds for cash -- rubbish that made kayaking more dangerous. Nate and his friends decide to ride the Nebula and search for Mike themselves, and they manage to find him and get him to safety. They report Mr Evans to the authorities, and Nate -- now much more confident on the water -- becomes a councillor at the Camp.

    A high-octane read that combines the thrilling action of kayaking with the mystery of Mike's disappearance. Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the final resolution. Nate's bravery and loyalty offer an inspiring example.


    friendship, bravery, suspense, camps, mystery

    Content Notes

    1. Protagonist is almost drowned by a river rapid (p. 127-130). Character has a broken shin; description of bone poking through skin (p. 132). 2. Language: Jesus x 1 (p. 132).

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