Children of the River

Children of the River

by Linda Crew

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440210221
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/01/1991
Series: Laurel-Leaf Contemporary Fiction
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 396,082
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.94(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

"The approach I take with my writing is to have my work reflect real life, and yet be shaped into the best story possible. I feel that a powerful piece of fiction can often convey an emotional truth more compellingly than a strictly factual version."—Linda Crew

Linda Crew is a recipient of the IRA Children's Book Award and the Golden Kite Award, and her books have been named ALA Notables as well as ALA Best Books.

Linda Crew didn't always have to be a writer. In fact, while attending junior high school in the early sixties, this award-winning author wanted to be a folksinger. By high school, when it bad become apparent to her that she really couldn't sing, she decided to become an actress. Then, at the University of Oregon, her theatrical ambitions evaporated. At her mother's suggestion, Crew switched her major to journalism—and loved it.

Crew's training was in journalism—interviewing, researching, and marketing—and she was encouraged to present the facts accurately and without fuss. But her assigmnents always ended up full of dialogue and she "had this compelling urge to make a story just a little better than the way it happened." Thus, her talent for writing fiction was born.

After college, Linda Crew married her husband Herb and settled on a farm in her home state of Oregon, where the couple still resides today with their three children. Crew leads a full, busy life and admits, "It's difficult sometimes to carve out the time for writing with so many other demands, but it's important for me to do some living. After all, what could a person possibly write about if she spent all day closeted in front of her computer?"


Book List

Long Time Passing


Children of the River
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An IRA Children's Book Award
A Golden Kite Award
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

Fire on the Wind
Maine Student Book Award Master List 1996-1997
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List 1996-1997

Nekomah Creek
An ALA Notable Children's Book

Nekomah Creek Christmas

Author Fun Facts

Previous jobs:
Florist, mail carrier, visitor center receptionist for the Forest Service at Cape Perpetua


Pets: One lively black cat named Goblin


Favorite . . .


. . . hobbies? I like theater. I enjoy working with dried flowers, also sewing, especially creative things like doll clothes and costumes. I am notorious in my house for going overboard on costumes!

. . . foods? chocolate!

. . . clothes to wear? jeans or long dresses

. . . colors? green, of course! I'm an Oregonian.

. . . books? good children's books

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Children of the River 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We read this book for lit groups and it was amazing! It is a lot of love and emotional feelings. This book keeps you on your seat. I didn't like that most of the names were Khmer so they were hard to pronounce or even hard to read. This is a great book and i recommend it to people looking for a great love story.
gkuhns on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Although this is not the finest piece of literature, it succeeds as a young adult love story with a multicultural slant. Sundara, the protagonist, is a Cambodian refugee of the Khmer Rouge who struggles with her new life in an Oregon high school. She must contend not only with the cultural clashes of her present but also with the painful memories of her past. I would recommend this book to less skilled readers who enjoy dramatic and romantic plots.
Tootsweet89 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is lovely in its protrayal of how the two cultures: American and Cambodian collide and how how problem arises between odl traditions and new traditions. I just really like it and the ending was sweet.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In the late 1970s it is four years after Sundara fled Cambodia with her Aunt's family. She is struggling to fit in with her school and her family and to find a balance between being Cambodian and being American. She's also in love with an American boy- even though he's from a good family, her aunt doesn't approve. She finally has to make peace with her aunt and use a little bit of American frankness with her emotions to find her own place.
Phong96 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This novel, Children of the River by Linda Crew encompasses follow your heart not what other want. In the beginning, Sundara struggles with taking care of her aunt's baby and surving to go to America. Throghout the middle she preseveres through staying away for an american boy name Jonathan McCunnin. By the end, she has learned anything can happen if you follow your heart, then anything can happen.(240/240)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not the real version , the original has like 300 pages and this one only has 168
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I had to read this book for school. I liked reading it to learn about the history of cambodia. I had never even known about what happened there. I thought sundara was a good protagonist because she had a lot of internal conflict. But i thought the romance was a little underdeveloped. I dont really get what sundara saw in jonathan other than that he was good looking.
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I read this book ten years ago when I was in seventh grade and it has stuck with me all these years!
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lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
Very good book. It is fiction but based on a real life war and customs of certain cultures. It made me glad to be me and live in this time. It's sad and makes you want to hope for the best when you know you'll only see the worst. To be torn away from everything you know and and everyone you love must be very hard and it was hard not to get emotional when reading parts of this book. If you have read this and didn't feel a thing there must be something wrong in your compassion department. Overall I say read it if you already haven't. I read this in jr. high and I enjoyed reading it again at the age of 22
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My seventh grade geography teacher gave me this book to read, while I was out of the country. I mean it meant well, but I was disappointed. The hardships before their journey to America and the language barrier I can understand, but I was put off by the romance between Jonathan. It felt out of place and it ended up consuming the rest of the book.