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The Maze by Will Hobbs

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Brad Stoyell

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of The Maze by Will Hobbs

The genre of my book The Maze is a realistic fiction adventure book. I know this because after the main character Rick escapes from a detention camp in the desert he gets water from cactus, sleeps on cliffs, and eats any berries he can find. The central topic of this book is that running away from your problems won't make them go away. This book is told in first person by the main character named Rick. The book takes place in a "Detention Camp" based in a canyon called Jasper Canyon. (a detention camp is an institution where juvenile offenders can be held temporarily.) Rick got sent to the detention camp because he was throwing rocks at a stop sign. He wanted to escape because he felt the judge did not like him. The book is driven by Rick's internal conflicts. He is always trying to run away from what he did wrong thinking that will fix it. While I was reading I figured out Rick is finding out he found his strengths and weaknesses that he has to fear. The main characters of my book are Rick and Lon. Rick is a guy that questions too much stuff because he doesn't know if he should jump off a cliff with a parisail he made out of scraps of wood. Lon is a type that won't think before he acts . Lon took a parisail and just dove off the cliff without thinking of what could happen. My favorite quote from my book is from Rick. "I would have never gotten into this mess if that judge actually like me." I think that quote means a lot to this story because he might not be in jail if the judge liked him or he might not have been sentenced for as long. "A well-crafted, straight-up adventure story from Hobbs (Ghost Canoe, 1997, etc.).Confined to a juvenile detention center after traveling through a series of foster and group homes, Rick escapes after trying to blow the whistle on corrupt guards. His flight ends at an isolated camp on the edge of a bewildering system of canyons known as the Maze District, in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, where self-named biologist Lon Peregrino is nurturing six young condors bred in captivity."

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/will-hobbs/the-maze-3/#review I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure. It is exciting to hear about how Rick and his friend Lon deal with everyday living in a canyon. I'm just getting to what sounds like another adventure for the boys. They need to figure out how to escape a huge, scary storm approaching in Jasper Canyon.
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