Death on the River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Amazon Adventure
This book was about Theodore Roosevelt’s expedition down the Amazon River. He was retired from the Presidency and wanted to go on an adventure in an uncharted area. I thought that this book was full of action and suspense. Roosevelt and his crew faced fierce piranhas, illnesses from insects, severe injuries, rapids, and even warlike natives. Once, one of his men actually betrayed the rest of the crew and stole some of their limited provisions! I liked the writing style of this author, Samantha Seiple, because she used direct quotes and even real entries from Roosevelt’s diary. I really felt like I was going on the journey at some points, like when she described the waterfalls up ahead. Another thing that I enjoyed about this book was how I got to know the characters very well. I thought that the pictures she chose were also fascinating because most of them were actual photos from the journey. Since there are a few complicated topics, I would recommend this book to people eight and up. If you like adventure and drama, this is the book for you.