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The River People [Kindle Edition]

Kristen James
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

River-Song's father, Chief Sits-and-Thinks, is growing old and sick, but he trusts in her to lead their people. 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.

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."

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About the Author

Kristen James works as a full time author and publisher. She lives on the river and enjoys the outdoors, especially through hiking, cycling, camping and berry picking.  Her other novels include A Cowboy For Christmas and More Than Memories, and she has a nonfiction book titled Book Promoting 101.

Product Details

  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brilliant Book Press (November 11, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,021 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for young readers December 19, 2010
I love the names of the characters in this historical novel about life among the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest before their way of life was dramatically altered by the arrival of white settlers in the region. River-Song, the 15-year-old daughter of aging Village Chief Sits-and-Thinks, longs to marry Walks-with-Pumas, the handsome young son of Big Chief Blue-Lightning. But River-Song has a formidable rival in Fast-Runner, her childhood friend, who is likely to win the summer games and gain the young brave's favor.

The River People is a coming-of-age story with universal themes--love, honor, duty, tradition. But it is also an endearing portrait of the early inhabitants of a bountiful land of majestic hills, lush valleys, and the river they hold sacred. And although the author doesn't dwell on the details of Native American culture, we learn among other things that the river people live in long houses, weave clothing from cedar strips, ground acorns for flour, carve canoes from logs, and revere Father Salmon and the other spirits that watch over them. We also learn that River-Song, at age fifteen, comes late to marriage but early to the wisdom she will need, after her father passes on to that "long house in the woods," to lead the people of her village during the challenging times that lie ahead.

While this is a story that will appeal to young readers, the book's themes and the cultural enrichment the book offers make it one that can be read and appreciated by readers of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read February 23, 2012
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The River People
By Kristen James
This is a great story.It's a great read for everyone. The River people themes are love, honor duty and tradition. They hold their land very scared. You will not be able to put this book down.This book is a great read. I would give it 5 out of 5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction for young readers December 9, 2010
The River People is a great book! It is historical fiction that is fun to read. By following the main characters you learn about life as a Native American in Oregon near the Umpqua River. The characters are strong, especially River-Song, who does not follow the crowd. She breaks from conventional female roles as she tries to choose between one of the most desireable men, Walks-with-Pumas, and leading her tribe after her father, the chief steps down. The writing is very readable and enjoyable. I would highly recommmend this book and as a parent, teacher, and avid reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good link to past, present, and future December 5, 2012
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Interesting twist to linking the tribes and families. dddd d d dd d d d don't like to have to write a certain amount
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The River People July 7, 2012
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The River People

Was a good story of Native American way of life.
It had lot of good facts or descriptions through out the story.
It was about the Chiefs daughters and the choices she had to make,
which would be good for her and her people. Very well told story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A romance filled with culture and tradition April 8, 2012
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The River People follows River- Song, her father Chief Sits-and-Thinks, and the rest of their village down the river to participate in their annual summer games. This is the time that they meet up with the other villages and young women are paired up with their matches to marry.
River-Song missed her chance with Walks-with-Pumas last year and she had been looking forward to winning him over all year. In the meantime, her father is aging and looking to her to take over the village as head chief when he is no longer able to do so. River-Song and her father are met at the summer games with "New Braves" who showed up at their village. River-Song and her father negotiated with the new braves and accepted them as part of their village.
Would River-Song win over Walks-with-Pumas this year? Would she be able to lead her village?

What I liked
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It combined the culture of the Umpqua Indians with basic human nature of family, food and festivities. The new braves brought a special twist to the story that kept things interesting. I loved how River-Song progressed into a woman and a leader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This story takes place in the Pacific Northwest forest and river valleys before the fur traders and missionaries brought civilization that brought many changes to the Native Americans lives. River-Song is a 15 year old girl and is daughter to their village leader Sits-and-Thinks. He is growing old and is training her to become the leader of their village. The valley that they live in has an abundance of animals for food as well as salmon and trout. The trees are used for their long-houses and canoes and totem poles. They are able to use everything around them for their lives. Their tribe has several villages scattered around in the valley with one main chief and village leaders in each village to govern their people. River-Song is next in line to lead her village and she and her best friend are rivals to compete in their yearly tribal games to marry the Big Chiefs son, Walks-with-Pumas. Even though she competes and wins the race she begins to realize that he is not the man he needs to be to rule the tribe. She is able to use her gift of words to mediated when a wandering band of braves seek to make their home in her village. They are from the tribes beyond the mountains where her mother was from and she speaks their language. Even at her young age she must take over her fathers duties as village leader when he suddenly gets ill and dies. The author Kristen James has done a lot of research into the early lives of the Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and is able to show to the reader how it was in the early days.Times were perhaps simpler in those days, but, in other ways much harder in day to day living. No conveniences as we know them and trading with other tribes was perhaps their only way of obtaining some items. It is really an interesting story and I recommend it to anyone interested in history.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars well written book. down side was that if you ...
well written book. down side was that if you read the notes at the end the book, kindle version would not let you go back to read the book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Christine
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not read far. Not for me--mundane writing.
Published 4 months ago by Carol Brockfield
4.0 out of 5 stars The River People
I enjoyed this book,as I always love a tale with a historical background in it. I especially like the way the use of plants and trees were used in the story.
Published 7 months ago by jamafive
5.0 out of 5 stars Review on the River People.
I loved this book and was sorry to finish it, so I read it sooo slowly. The Author has the gift of placing the reader in the story. A great read,
Published 15 months ago by Kaye Coram
5.0 out of 5 stars very nicely written
I love prehistoric history and hope to see more books such as this one. Thanks for this great book Kristen!
Published 18 months ago by BookWormyWoman
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
very good read couldve had a bit more to the ending. couldnt put book down until it was finished, I just wanted more to the story as I didnt want it to end.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A deep story
This was a great story. You get to know the characters. She did a excellent job of writing this story. It will be one I read again and again.
Published 21 months ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars A Simple story, simply written
This book was interesting to me because my ancestors came from that area. The style of writing and the story itself was very simplified. Read more
Published 21 months ago by She-wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars "The River People" might appeal more to adolescents than to adult...
The stories of the Native Americans is larger than life in this book which explains how tribes intermarry and hold on to the power of their heritage. Read more
Published 22 months ago by kc girl
5.0 out of 5 stars The River People
Just my kind of book, I never tire of reading about Native Americans not matter how far back in history.
Published 22 months ago by Alene
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More About the Author

Kristen James is an outdoorsy girl who loves hiking, picking wild berries and mushrooms, and spending time with her family. Of course she loves reading and writing too! She discovered her love of writing in the fourth grade when her class wrote short stories. Today, she writes love stories with a twist set in the rugged and beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her books have ranked in the top 100 Bestsellers in Kindle US, UK and Canada, #1 in ten different categories, and #1 in Movers & Shakers and free rankings.

Kristen is working on a romantic thriller series called Stranger in my Bed. Her newest release before that is a mind bending romance, It's All In My Head, where a male voice takes over Avery's mind and her life.

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