Sarah's Stars

Richard Scrimger. Into the Ravine  
Tundra Books  $12.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-822-4  260 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 13

Best friends Jules, Chris and Cory are out playing in their cave one muggy summer's day when a ferocious tornado blows through the town and leaves in its wake three fallen trees. In a stroke of inspiration, Jules suggests the boys build a raft and sail down the creek to the lake. After some sweat and hard work, the contraption is ready to float away. The plan is to meet at the lake in about five hours but what the boys don't know is Fate doesn't always have a way of sticking to the plan. Soon enough Jules, Chris and Cory are caught up in an adventure chock-full of hoboes, teenaged gangs, pretty girls and a mysterious person named Bonesaw. Along the way they learn some pretty deep lessons about growing up, friendship and courage but not before award-winning author, Richard Scrimger cracks a few jokes!

The cover of Into the Ravine is eye-catching yet simple, and the description on the back of the book doesn't really tell you much and the reviews I found online were...non-existent, so I walked into the story not really knowing what to expect. What I got out of it was more than I thought I would. This is an adventure for every 12 or 13-year-old boy who dreams of danger, constructing things or simply peeing off a moving object (Hey, I'm just repeating what Mr. Scrimger has included in his novel!). There isn't any objectionable content but the girls out there who read this book (including me) will sometimes be left scratching their heads with confusion, wondering what exactly is inside the complex infrastructure known as the male mind. To find out about all that and more, tune into this witty and compelling book!

Some of the things the author has come up with in the form of plot twists or dialogues are completely ridiculous, but it only adds to the zany atmosphere of the story. The plot doesn't take itself seriously, and neither does the author but that's okay. I'm sure even Tolstoy enjoyed a light, refreshing read now and then! For those lazy days or even those important book reports for English class, this is a book sure to please pretty much anyone of the male species and even some of those "bewitching" girls.

Four stars for Scrimger’s Into the Ravine.

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