Riding the Flume by Patricia Curtis Pfitsch
Reviewed June 29 2015
5 / 5 Stars
Don’t tell anyone — the only safety is in secrecy.
During the summer of 1894 the giant sequoia trees — the oldest living things on earth — are being felled for lumber in northern California. When fifteen-year-old Francie finds a note hidden in the stump of an old sequoia, she immediately recognizes her sister’s handwriting. But Carrie died in an accident six years ago. Could Carrie’s secret still be important?
Francie’s search for the truth turns dangerous, and she needs to get to St. Joseph fast. She’s faced with the choice of either giving up, or riding the flume, a 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?
It’s been way too long since I reread this beauty and I can’t believe how much I had forgotten.
First of all, this is absolutely a younger teen book. Now I’m thinking more preteen than I was when I originally read it (being a preteen, thinking I was reading such a young adult book). That being said, it’s phenomenal. Still a stand out favorite for me.
The beginning was much slower than I remembered. I realized instantly how simplified the writing style was and I was disappointed – I remembered it being so in depth and detailed.
Then I got about halfway through and I couldn’t stop reading it. It may have been simple dialogue and sentences but who cares? The plot was so solid and the characters were so great, I fell in love with this book all over again.
It’s been a long time since I reread this favorite but I’m so glad I did. I wish more people would read this book – even though it is targeted to a younger audience (which I now realize as a 21 year old), this book is still a classic that could stick with someone for the rest of their life.
Absolutely. Not even a question.