New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.
With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.
Title: Leaving Blythe River
Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Historical Fiction | Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Published: May 24, 2016
Format: Paperback, 314 pages
Ethan Underwood’s story as told by Catherine Ryan Hyde’s book, Leaving Blythe River, is many things: realistic, painful, frightening, coming of age, truthful, and authentic in every way.
Catherine Ryan Hyde has the ability to draw her characters, especially Ethan, as if she steps into their skin and becomes them. A 17-year old boy, son of athletic parents, finds himself under-developed in the eyes of family and some friends. Ethan is scrawny in build, doesn’t like athletics of any kind, and he’d rather be anywhere than with his dad, the obsessive runner of all time.
Yet Ethan’s summer turns upside down and he ends up with his dad staying near the Blythe River National Wilderness Area. In keeping with his dad’s running regimen, one morning Ethan’s father leaves home for his run but never returns. New to the area and the people who live nearby, Ethan forms his own search team and takes off to find his dad.
Ethan puts his life on the line to save his dad. When others are ready to give up, he knows he has seen something and despite his fears, he climbs into a dangerous area to continue his search.
A story of personal courage and bravery for a young man who didn’t believe he had it in him. Ethan comes away having grown exponentially from his experiences, and his parents see him in a new light.
Good family reading for youth and young adults in a similar personal situation of less than average growth progress both physically and mentally with respect to being ready for anything. I highly recommend Catherine Ryan Hyde’s writing to all readers who love being treated to a feast with each new book.
Meet Catherine Ryan Hyde:
I’m the author of 30 published and forthcoming books.
My newest releases are Ask Him Why, Worthy, The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You , Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, Subway Dancer and Other Stories, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration From the Author of Pay It Forward, Always Chloe and Other Stories, and 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.
Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition, an age-appropriate edited edition of the original novel, was released by Simon & Schuster in August of ‘14. It is suitable for children as young as eight.
I have two forthcoming new novels due out in 2016 from Lake Union/Amazon Publishing, Leaving Blythe River and Say Goodbye For Now.
Other novels include Jumpstart the World, Becoming Chloe, Love in the Present Tense, The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance, Chasing Windmills, The Day I Killed James, and Diary of a Witness.
I am co-author, with publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of How to be a Writer in the E-Age: a Self-Help Guide.
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