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From the PublisherSusan Cooper,Newbery Medal Winner, The Grey King A river is a natural metaphor for life and death, and Tim Bowler uses it to wonderful effect in this lovely, simple story. River Boy is written in quiet, non-poetic prose — but it's a poem, as well as a very moving novel.
School Library Journal (starred review) This psychological thriller is immediately engaging...[and] suspenseful and fast-paced throughout.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Cormier fans...are likely to find this just their cup of astringent tea.
The Horn Book Magazine There is no question that the tightly scripted plot with its steadily building tension will keep readers spellbound to the end.