Ricochet River is set in a fictional Oregon town in the late 1960s. This completely revised edition is a superlative coming-of-age story about teenagers preparing to break out of their small-town lives: Wade, the local sports hero; his friend Jesse—the Indian kid and mythical athlete who applies his own rules to sports and life; and Wade’s sweetheart Lorna, who knows there’s no hope in Calamus for a bright, independent girl. The river rushes past the town, linking the three friends with their pasts, their plans, and the world beyond.
Praise for Ricochet River
“Mr. Cody sets the crucial scenes out of doors, and much of the book’s rich imagery springs from this very particular terrain. In captivating prose, Mr. Cody tells a story of unusual wisdom and grace.” — The New York Times
“Jesse Howl, the spiritual center of Robin Cody’s first novel, is lusty, sweetly naïve and generally full of beans, much like the trickster Coyote of Indian mythology.”
– The Los Angeles Times
“The complicated beauty of this tale, shuttling between Indian legend and modern ‘macho’ expectations, is a stunning achievement.”
— William Wharton, author of Birdy and A Midnight Clear
“If we go to novels for a sense of vision, we will find in Ricochet River the topography of injustice, a map soberly true and vitally relevant, telling us where we stand.”
— Oregon Historical Quarterly
“Ricochet River has been recommended for course work by a number of high school and college teachers, some comparing it to J.D. Salinger’s masterpiece, The Catcher in the Rye.”
— The Oregonian
“Cody has captured the essence of logging community life.”
“Finally . . . . a book about Estacada.”
–The Clackamas County News
Draw students into the diverse yet inter-connected lives of three teenagers in the fictional small town of Calamus, Oregon. A recipient of the Oregon Book Award, Ricochet River is a coming of age story set in the 1960s that explores what it means to grow up.
A contemporary companion to J. D. Salinger’s classic, The Catcher in the Rye, this novel encourages students to discover how the thoughts and dreams of fictional characters can closely resemble their own.
Grades: 10–12, College
Topics: Coming of Age, Friendship, Native American Culture, Pacific Northwest Fishing and Logging Industry, Inter-generational/Inter-cultural/Inter-class Relationships
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction