Riding The Flume-Patricia Curtis Pfitsch

  • Title: Riding The Flume
  • Author: Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
  • Released: 2004-04-30
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  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0606304258
  • ISBN13: 978-0606304252
  • ASIN: 0606304258


From School Library Journal Grade 5-8-Between 1890 and 1903, whole forests of giant sequoia trees were felled for lumber in northern California. In this exciting adventure story, Francie, 15, begins to unravel a mystery when she finds a hidden note left by her sister, now deceased, in the hole of a tree and sets out to stop the logging of the biggest giant. Set in 1894, the novel is a fast read, ending with a daredevil ride on the loggers' flume. Francie is a brave, high-spirited teen who values commitment, history, the environment, and the legacy of her sister's memory. A subplot involves the family dealing with the loss of Carrie six years earlier. The uneasy decision between whether to save the tree in memory of Carrie or save the economy and the loggers' jobs is handled objectively. Pfitsch has researched her subject well and gives the California mountain landscape and its inhabitants a note of realism. However, the book is weakened by too simple a resolution, the downplaying of natural hazards in the wild, and many dangers either glossed over or omitted. The writing is sometimes repetitious, but it is easy, making the story an accessible and enjoyable read. Some moral-value issues, such as telling the truth and minding parents, are nicely handled. The attractive jacket depicting the dangerous ride on the flume should draw readers and help sell the book.
Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Gr. 5-8. The year is 1894; the place is California. Naturalists and journalists are writing against the felling of giant sequoia trees. Francie agrees with their position, but times are hard, and her parents believe that the town will die if the lumber company fails. While Francie works to count tree rings as a favor for a newspaper editor, she finds a mysterious message from her sister, Carrie, who has been dead for six years. It seems to indicate danger, and Francie is determined to investigate. Her clandestine search unearths connections between a hermit who died in a mysterious fire, a nasty lumber company official, and her sister; but to find what she needs to resolve the puzzle, she must gather her courage and ride the dangerous log flume down the long, watery shoot to St. Joseph. Pfitsch brings together a brave heroine, authentic background, and an intriguing view of a little-known part of U.S. history to make this a winner, especially for girls who like historical fiction. A glossary and notes are provided. Jean Franklin
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