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Picture the popular jock, the blue-collar bookworm who wants more out of life, and the outcast who doesn't know he's not part of the club all navigating high school. Now, cue the backdrop of a small town surrounded by woods and a dammed river, nothing to do but hang out at the local cinema and café-barbershop. This is the foundation for Robin Cody’s Ricochet River, a coming-of-age story exemplifying the all-too-familiar awkwardness and angst that accompany growing up. With a warmth and nuance that have been celebrated for decades, Ricochet River reinvigorates the genre with an unequivocally Oregonian flare—calling readers back to a deeper understanding of nature and the simple freedoms that are often lost as we struggle to form identities and fit into an increasingly complicated world.
Ricochet River was chosen as one of the Oregon State Library’s “150 Books for the Oregon Sesquicentennial” and was named one of the best "100 Oregon Books" of all time by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission.