Riding the Flume

Riding the Flume

by Patricia Curtis Pfitsch, David Bowers


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During the summer of 1894, the giant sequoia trees -- the oldest living things on earth -- are being felled for lumber in northern California. Francie finds a note in a hole of an old sequoia stump and recognizes her sister's handwriting. But Carrie died in an accident six years earlier. Could the secret still be important? Francie is determined to find out. When her search turns dangerous and she needs to get to St. Joseph fast, she's faced with the choice to either give up -- or to ride the flume, the rickety track that carries lumber from the mills in the mountains to the lumberyard in St. Joseph. Should Francie risk her life for the secret her sister fought to keep?

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"She'd only heard of two men riding the flume successfully -- those two last summer. They had been arrested as soon as they got to St. Joseph. Two others had tried before that. One had ended up in the hospital, and the other man had been killed....

"Her heart began to beat in slow, painful thuds. Was it such a crazy idea? Did she dare try it? Could she ride the flume to St. Joseph?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689838231
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Patricia Curtis Pfitsch lives on a ridge-top farm in southwest Wisconsin with her partner, Jack, their dog, Gaea, and two annoying but lovable cats. They have three grown children, Hollis, Woody, and Jane. Ms. Pfitsch's award-winning stories and articles have appeared in various children's magazines, including Highlights and Cricket. She is also the author of Keeper of the Light and The Deeper Song.

"I was fascinated when I found out that the giant sequoias in California live to be thousands of years old," writes Patricia Curtis Pfitsch. "But I was horrified when I learned that in the 1890s, thousands of sequoias were cut down, even though their wood was so brittle that more than half of the trees shattered when they fell. Why would humans waste the long lives of such beautiful and ancient creatures? In my search for the answer to that question, Riding the Flume was born."

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Riding the Flume 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
if you are a kind of person that loves hero's, then 15 year old francie will capture your heart. I rated this book a 4 star book because it was interesting but I still feel like the book wasn't complete. it left you wondering what would happen next. it didn't answer all of my questions that i had. but i wouldn't have guessed that a 15 year old could be such a hero and save something so big. she believes that you can do anything if you just keep trying. i think that pfitsch has pulled together a wonderful character.i recomend this book to readers all around the world who want an example of a young heroine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We rated this book a 5. The author Patricia Curtis Pfitisch. This book was so invigorating we wanted to just keep on reading.The main character in this book is a teenage girl named Francie. The setting is in 1894,in northern Calafornia when all the sequia trees being cut down.One day when Francie was counting the rings of a thirty foot sequia stump when her ladder brakes. This part was really exciting to us.Francie quickly grabed hold of a branch. She found that there was a hole in the tree with a silk bag in it,she immediately recognizes her sisters hand writting, but her sister Carrie died six years ago in a landslide. Then you are going to read this thrilling book to find out the rest?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a reallly great book. A lot of people would think ohh it's set in the past, but it was intersting and fast paced. i really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was 'aight' in the words of American Idol judge Randy. I liked it, but you didn't get totally HOOKED. So it was just ok for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Riding the Flume' is a fast-paced book about a girl with spunk who is trying to save a forest from being chopped down. When she finds a mysterious will she may get her wish.But, to get her wish, she must deliver it before sunrise. Will she ride the dangerous flume to rescue the trees? Or will she chicken out? To find out, buy a copy of 'Riding the Flume'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was good I liked it but it didn't hook you all throught the book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great book. It was well written, and had an interesting storyline. I really recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Many of my frieds that read this book enjoyed it also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Riding the Flume is such an excellent book! In the summer of 1894 the oldest living things on earth, the sequoia trees, are being cut down for lumber in northern California. When fifteen-year-old Francie finds a hidden note in a stump in an old sequoia her journey begins. She realizes the note has her sister¿s handwriting, but Carrie died in a accident six years ago. Francie needed to get to St.Joseph fast but soon the search for truth turned dangerous. Then she finds she must choose between giving up or riding ¿the flume¿, a track that carries lumber from the mills in the mountains to the lumber yard in St.Joseph . Francie then risks her life and rides the rickety flume. This brave girl will do anything to keep the spirit of her sister alive. The way she does this is by saving her sister¿s beloved tree that was given to Carrie by the old crazy man that used to live in the woods surrounded by the sequoias. She needed all the help she could get for her journey and with the help granted to her she managed to do the impossible. This book is a great way to teach people some lessons of life. As it has taught me that it¿s okay to want to keep the spirit of a lost one alive and if that is what your heart tells you to do than that path that leads you to remember one can be walked upon. You just have to believe in yourself. Believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Just as Francie rode the flume to do what she thought was right. I would recommend this book to anyone, young or old. It¿s a great book that I was hooked on until i finished it . When it was over i didn¿t want it to stop i wanted to keep reading on and on. I would give this book a 9 out of 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting and if you want to know what it was about i will tell you below This book was about a girl thats sister died and she wants to save the one thing that was hers, her giant sequoia tree. if you wanna no what happened, read the book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. This book had a lot of adventure and courage. I would recommende this book to anyone.