One of the great delights of working on a twenty-fifth anniversary edition of any book is that the work has been around for so dang long; it’s had lots of time to find an audience. In a world of information overload, having a bunch of established fans in your corner willing to sing your praises is no small thing. Thanks to Robin’s timeless story and his enthusiastic partnerships with local schools over the years, our team has had the privilege of talking with many of Ricochet River‘s supporters, and I’m happy to report that many of them will be making an appearance in the new edition.
I’ve already told you about our work with some of the teachers who’ve been using Ricochet River in their classrooms. Their contributions to our supplemental teaching materials have been invaluable, and I can’t wait to share the final product with them. But this book isn’t only for schools—it’s a great read for just about everyone, which is why I’m so excited to announce some of the heavy hitters from the local and national literary stage who have contributed thoughtful, supportive words to the new edition.
Brian Doyle, author of Mink River and Martin Marten, has written a lovely meditation on what it means to be a classic. Brian’s books share with Ricochet River a deep respect and adoration of the Pacific Northwest’s wild spaces, and we are honored to have him introducing Robin’s work to a new generation of readers. Molly Gloss, author of Falling From Horses, has written in praise of Lorna, “the strong tentpole holding up the center of this book” and the character Robin has often credited with much of Ricochet River‘s enduring appeal. And finally, William L. Sullivan, godfather of Oregon’s hiking community, has graciously weighed in on the historical aspects of our story with his extensive knowledge of the area.
We are so proud to be able to offer the thoughtful words of these acclaimed authors as a lens through which new readers can view this timeless story.