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River boy

Author: Tim Bowler
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Knowing that he is dying, Jess's grandfather insists on returning to the river he had known as a boy to finish a special painting and fulfill a life-long dream. She didn't know how fast the current was moving her. It could take many more hours yet, perhaps more hours than she had the strength for. But she must not stop. She must keep going. She must try to catch the river boy, even though she was frightened at the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Elementary and junior high school, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Bowler
ISBN: 0689829086 9780689829086
OCLC Number: 40964764
Notes: Originally published: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection.
Carnegie Medal, 1997
Target Audience: 12 up
Description: 155 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Tim Bowler.
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Knowing that he is dying, Jess's grandfather insists on returning to the river he had known as a boy to finish a special painting and fulfill a life-long dream.  Read more...

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