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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Bravado Publishing (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980235006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980235005
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

She did a excellent job of writing this story.
Jennifer
I loved this book and was sorry to finish it, so I read it sooo slowly.
Kaye Coram
The River People Was a good story of Native American way of life.
ladyexzom

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B K Mayo on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
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 By AnnaBernyc on February 23, 2012
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The River People
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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 By M. Sandberg on December 9, 2010
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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 By Ramona L Baskerville on 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 By ladyexzom on 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 By Heather Murphy on April 8, 2012
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Synopsis
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 By S. Murphy on June 7, 2014
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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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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. Now she writes love stories with a twist of mystery and suspense set in the rugged and beautiful Pacific Northwest. Kristen has over 20 novels, and 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. Connect at www.writerkristenjames.com

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