Eighth graders at Emily Gray Junior High discussed the book online
via a wiki. Two students responded to my prompt asking about the
Prompt: How do you think the setting contributes to this
book? Would it be as suspenseful if they were somewhere less desolate
or dangerous? Does the setting of the story affect your mood as
you read it?
"I think the setting really changes the mood of the story.
It is much more dangerous because if something happened to them,
like when Adam kicked a rock at a girl in the group and she got
hurt. If anything more happened, it would be very, very bad."
"Well, the Grand Canyon sort of sets the mood because it
is known to have a pretty fierce river. No one would guess it
would be smooth sailing. Plus, it is kinda nice to have a book
about somewhere near where you live. Since we've been there, we
can sort of somehow relate to it. I bet Paul can. He said he rafted
the Grand Canyon. (or maybe a different river.... I forget.)"