Newbery Honor book
Barred from his family home-stead by his mean-spirited uncle, eighteen-year-old Chris weathers a Minnesota winter in a small cabin with his grandfather. Poverty and the tempting stories of a wandering Easterner convince Chris to harvest the trees on his grandfather's land and float the logs down the spring floodwaters of the Mississippi to the lumber mills in Saint Louis. Filled with stories of raft hands and river pilots, this fast-paced novel has all the momentum of the great Mississippi.
About the Author
Cornelia Meigs was a prolific children's book author who began her career in 1915 and continued to write into the 1970s. She won the Newbery Medal in 1934 for Invincible Louisa, her biography of Louisa May Alcott. She lived in Havre de Grace, Maryland, at the time of her death in 1973.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meigs's portrayal of the birth of logging in America is very well-written and enjoyable. Her main character is a young man of such tenacity and courage that each reader will wish to follow in his steps. The adventures are fresh and captivating, and the characters are well-rounded and realistic. True to Meigs's style, she presents some of the deeper experiences of life in ways that children can process, and her conclusions are ones that adults can benefit from, too. I surely did! Swift Rivers is a book that I would recommend for readers of all ages. It truly is a timeless classic of the American indomitable spirit!