The River People

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River-Song's father, Chief Sits-and-Thinks, is growing old and sick, but he trusts in her to lead their people as they face changes. Her best friend has become her rival as they compete to marry the big chief's son. But as River-Song proves herself to him, she begins to see he isn't the man she thought. Then she must use her gift of words when a wandering band of braves seek a new home with them. They speak her mother's language so she can understand them. River-Song feels pulled to their leader but confused ...
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River-Song's father, Chief Sits-and-Thinks, is growing old and sick, but he trusts in her to lead their people as they face changes. Her best friend has become her rival as they compete to marry the big chief's son. But as River-Song proves herself to him, she begins to see he isn't the man she thought. Then she must use her gift of words when a wandering band of braves seek a new home with them. They speak her mother's language so she can understand them. River-Song feels pulled to their leader but confused about her place in the tribe. Can this young girl hold her tribe together as the new braves join them, and again when hostile warriors attack their valley?

Come visit the River People in the Pacific Northwest before fur traders or missionaries arrived. River-Song lives in a valley of meandering streams that give them salmon and trout to eat. Oak trees abound in the valley, and a forest of cedar and fir surround them, making a canopy and giving them planks for their long houses, canoes, and totem poles.

Visit the author's new website at www.writerkristenjames.com. Interact at www.facebook.com/TheRiverPeople.

An excerpt from this novel placed in the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, as a short story titled "Salmon and Summer Games: A Way of Life."

The Klamath Falls Herald and News says, "A nicely told tale that discusses American Indians from a different perspective. It combines history with romance, with a hint of early women's liberation, and a larger dose of Indian culture." Recommended by teachers, this classical story makes for great historical reading for fourth graders and up.

Douglas County News said, “The characters are well developed; the reader cares about them and what’s going to happen next. River-Song is a complex person, as all 15 year olds are. However, in her culture, she is no longer considered a child and one day will become the leader of her village. During this critical summer, she leaves the last trace of childhood firmly behind and gains a maturity that stands her in good stead as she faces many challenges, both within herself and from the outside. What direction should she lead her people? How will she meet the threat to her happiness and to her people as a whole? The answers are cleverly woven into a good read.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980235005
  • Publisher: Brilliant Book Press
  • Publication date: 12/19/2007
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,373,598
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 0.31 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen James lives on the Umpqua River and enjoys the outdoors, especially through hiking, cycling, camping and berry picking. She has written another Native American story called, "In The Land of Huckleberries and Wokas," available in Nook and Kindle. Her romance novels include A Cowboy For Christmas, More Than Memories, Embers of Hope, and The Enemy's Son. She has also written three nonfiction books on book marketing.
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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    i got this e-book for review from the author, this book is about

    i got this e-book for review from the author, this book is about the life of the pacific north west Indians, i didn't think that i would like this book as much as i did i was surprised that i liked it alot, this book has alot of action and adventure in it, i liked this book alot it is very good and very interesting, and it has a little bit of romance in it to, this is a very good book that almost all readers would like alot, if you like books with adventure and action in it than you will like this book alot, you need to read this book if you like adventure and action books, this book was never dull or boring, it is a very great book, i give this book 5 stars, i highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    That is really interesting. I've never heard of that tradition

    That is really interesting. I've never heard of that tradition before. You are so lucky to have camped near the original site. I would love to go there one day. I have family in Independence/Monmouth Oregon. How far is that?

    I will post the review to Amazon and Barnes and Noble tonight but I'm in the middle of a month long blog hop so I will post it to my blog early May if that's ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Nice story. Easy read.

    I enjoy peaceful stories about native Americans. This is a nice one, and it's easily read in a short time. But who proofread this thing? There a dozens of typos.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Great Book

    The River People tells the story of a Native American Indian girl in Oregon's Umpqua tribe. Her journey and challenges as she reaches toward adulthood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book has adventure, action, and great description about Native American life. The main character is the chief's daughter and has special talents that help her tribe. There's all kinds of tension and the fast pace pulls you through the read.

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