Death on the River of Doubt

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Published by: Scholastic Press
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Pages: 224
ISBN13: 978-0545709163

Theodore Roosevelt’s Amazon Adventure


In October 1913, Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a tour of South America. The thrill-seeking adventurer had no idea that he would soon receive an offer he couldn’t refuse: the chance to lead an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle to chart an unmapped river with his son Kermit and renowned Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon.

Death on the River of Doubt takes readers inside the thrilling journey that unfolds as Roosevelt, Rondon, Kermit, and their companions navigate an unpredictable river through an unforgiving jungle. With new threats at every turn, from bloodthirsty piranhas and raging rapids to starvation, disease, and a traitor in their own ranks, it seems that not everyone will make it out alive.

Through it all, the indomitable Teddy Roosevelt remained determined to complete their mission and rewrite the map of the world. Or die trying.

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California Reading Association, Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Gold Award, 2017
2020 - 2021 North Carolina Battle of the Books

“Thrilling…crisply written, briskly paced…A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival.”

“Gripping…death-defying drama.”
– Publishers Weekly

– School Library Journal

“This compelling saga showcases another side of Roosevelt that will sweep up intrepid readers.”

“Seiple presents another compelling adventure…Personalities and competing interests invite readers to think beyond the straightforward survival plot line, though the plot twists will certainly pull readers along…Teachers may find this slim book useful as a mentor text for writing narrative nonfiction.”

“Readers will enjoy a rapid ride through history in Death on the River of Doubt…Seiple adds realism to the story through explorers’ journal entries and photographs. In his darkest moments, Roosevelt may have doubted his expedition and his own survival, but there is no doubt this middle grade read earns high marks for historical accuracy and adventure.”
– BookPage

“Packed with foreshadowing, Seiple hooks readers with suspenseful drama and weaves a background summary of Roosevelt into this compelling adventure story. Young readers will be drawn to seek out more stories about this incredible figure…Highly recommended.”
– School Library Connection

– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Powerful, dramatic…completely engrossing.”
– Midwest Book Review

“Page-turning adventure.”
— The Horn Book Guide

“Thrilling…a fascinating read and a welcome addition to the social studies classroom and school library.”
– Children’s Literature