Cover image for Trouble River
Trouble River
Byars, Betsy Cromer.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Puffin Books, 1989.

Physical Description:
106 pages ; 20 cm
When he builds his raft, a twelve-year-old boy never dreams that it will serve as the sole means of escape for him and his grandmother when hostile Indians threaten their prairie cabin.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 3.0 591.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.8 5 Quiz: 11818 Guided reading level: S.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf

On Order



Safety is downriver--but first there's trouble ahead.

As soon as Dewey Martin sees the Indian creeping toward the cabin--and toward his unsuspecting grandmother--he knows what to do: knock him down and take off before the rest of the raiding party arrives. The only means of escape is Dewey's homemade raft, and lying in its path are rapids, wolves, Indians, and forty miles of uncharted river. Can a boy who's never manned an oar and an old frontierswoman be the first to make it down Trouble River?

"[An] original, suspenseful story of pioneer life, enlivened by touches of humor and vivid characterizations."-- Booklist

Author Notes

Betsy Cromer Byars was born in1928. She graduated from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. While she was in graduate school, she began writing articles for The Saturday Evening Post and Look.

Byars writes novels for young people. She is an expert at tapping in to the pain of adolescence, using bits of her own experience to flavor her characters. She is author of more than 23 books and has won numerous awards. Her book about a 14-year-old girl and her mentally retarded brother, The Summer of the Swans (1970), won the Newberry Award as the most distinguished contribution to children's literature that year. Other books include The 18th Emergency (1973), The TV Kid (1976), and After the Goat Man (1995).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

An Uneasy Feelingp. 1
The Indianp. 11
Escape by Moonlightp. 22
On the Unknownp. 33
Agroundp. 43
An Unexpected Stopp. 50
Tragedy in the Ashesp. 61
Wolvesp. 72
The Rapidsp. 84
The Last Stopp. 94
Hunter Cityp. 100