Project Description

Teacher’s Guide

Rough Waters

by S. L. Rottman

Two grieving brothers learn the power of family and the power of white water.

When their parents are killed in a car accident, Scott and his brother Gregg are sent to live with an uncle they never knew they had. Hurt, angry, and confused, they leave a comfortable life in the California suburbs and head to the remote Colorado Rockies, where their uncle runs a white-water rafting company. Scott, forced to confront his loss and face an uncertain future, determines to make the best of a difficult situation. But his brother Gregg, burying his grief deep inside, begins to drift away from the only family he has left.

As they become acquainted with the power and unpredictability of the river and begin to learn the skills of maneuvering the rapids, the brothers discover that it is harder than they ever dreamed to master the art of survival—both on and off the water.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-172-2
Total Pages: 181
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-413-6
Total Pages: 240
Size: 5 1/4 x 8
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-611-6
Age Range: 12 – 16
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
Barnes & Noble
Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 31566
AR Reading Level: 4.2
AR Points: 10

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: Y
F&P Grade: 6

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 7.1
Reading Counts Points: 12


“Reminiscent of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet… or The River… this quick-paced adventure will be enjoyed by ‘river rats’ and those interested in the outdoors.” ―VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“With the thrill of the rapids, realistic family dynamics, a little romance, and likable characters, this book is a great read.” ―School Library Journal

“…The interactions between Scott and his brother are incredibly realistic and filled with emotion. It’s the relationship he forms with his uncle that really impressed me…I really enjoyed Rough Waters. With the right mix of emotion, adventure and tension, it’s a gripping read.” ―Roundtable for Kids blog

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“…I would definitely recommend this to any reader who likes action-based books but also enjoys reading about relationships between people…” ―Crowding the Book Truck blog

“…I did not put the book down till I had finished reading it…” ―Read A lot Rhonda blog

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers ―YALSA 1999

Young Adults’ Choices ―IRA 2000

Books for the Teen Age ―New York Public Library 1999-2001

Oklahoma Book Awards (finalist, children/young adult category) ―Oklahoma Center for the Book 1999

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Colorado Blue Spruce Award (finalist) ―CCIRA, CLAS, CLA, CEMA 2000

Utah Book Award (young adult nominee) ―Children’s Literature Association of Utah 2001

South Carolina Young Adult Book Award (nominee) ―South Carolina Association of School Librarians 2000-2001

Best Books for Young Teen Readers ―R. R. Bowker

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Meet the Author

S.L. Rottman is a former teacher and the author of several young adult novels. A graduate of Colorado State University, Rottman lives in Colorado. You can visit her website here.