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Seventeen-year-old Gregg is lashing out at everyone and everything since his parents died in an automobile crash. 14-year-old Scott has a different approach. Super-responsible and reasonable, his maturity irks his older brother. Nancy does fine with them, but they are legally bound to end up in the custody of Uncle Dave a.k.a. Rocky, an uncle whom they have never met. A destiny awaits them which they have never experienced. Snatched from the cushy lives of rich California suburbanites, Scott and Gregg are a little bit shocked and dismayed to find suddenly themselves working at a rafting company in Colorado with an uncle who is struggling financially and whom they are not even sure wants them.

The art of white water rafting… learning the boats, the river, and handling the patrons… camping out every weekend, with summer days free on Mondays and Tuesdays to fraternize with Summer the library worker in town... and Roger. Avoiding “holes” and “strainers”… the river has its own personality.

Gregg and rafting guide Roger are as tight as anything, but will their relationship survive in Rocky’s rafting company? Will Scott and Rocky ever work it out and feel like family to each other?

Rough Waters by S. L. Rottman, 1997

This book was very enjoyable for me to read because I adore sports, and I love learning more about them, especially sports with which I am not that familiar. I know that people enjoy white water rafting, but I am not adventurous enough to try it. The dangers associated with horseback riding are enough for me.

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