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The River Whispers [Paperback]

Pamela Pizzimenti
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August 28, 2008
Thirteen year old Evie feels out of place as the only new student at Turnville School, but add to it the unusual ability to see a ghost, and she thinks she'll never fit in. Already trying to cope with the recent death of her grandfather, befriending a ghost is the last thing she wants to do. Yet, she's intrigued by the mystery surrounding David's death and is compelled to solve it. Evie recruits help from Bliss, a free-thinking, artistic girl, and Johnny who is good-looking and clever. While investigating, she discovers that the lives of people in a small town are intricately intertwined and almost everyone has something to hide - including her new friends. Evie snoops her way into a precarious position; she finds out who's responsible for David's death, but if she exposes who it is someone she cares about will be hurt. Faced with the difficult choice of either protecting the living or honoring the dead, Evie must confront David's father, Mr. Carter, who is an intimidating and bitter recluse. When observing Mr. Carter's grief, Evie realizes she is unable to accept her own feelings of loss. Letting go of her grief and anger could be Evie's greatest challenge, but if she and Mr. Carter can find forgiveness, they might be able to pull a town together, and in the process find the true meaning of family, community and love.

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Pamela Pizzimenti has been a teacher for over eight years. Prior to teaching, she was a radio personality. She lives in Windsor, California with her husband and four children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (August 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434375706
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434375704
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,774,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Join Thirteen-Year-Old Evie As She Helps a Ghost Move On! September 1, 2009
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In reviewing The River Whispers by Pamela Pizzimenti, I was quickly introduced to Evelyn in the classroom of Turnville School. She goes by the name of Evie, and as the new girl in town, wants to make a good impression and be accepted by the other students. After all, she is the outsider. As it turns out, Evie creates an unforgettable impression as she sits at her desk, suddenly screams, becomes dizzy, and falls out of her seat. Is she sick? No, but she had become nauseous--as though something was squeezing in the pit of her stomach--and then there was darkness. This had been her body's response when she saw Johnny, a classmate, plop himself down in the seat in front of her.

The problem with this was that the seat was already occupied by another young-looking boy with a small frame and pale skin. But, when Johnny sat down, he actually sat through him as though he could have been a ghost. Well, let's put it a different way. The boy was indeed a ghost; his name was David and he had been killed in a hit-and-run accident two years earlier. He was delighted that this thirteen-year-old girl could see him and talk with him; however, at first, Evie wanted no part of this bizarre situation. She was still grieving over the death of Nonno, her grandfather, who had been the only father she had ever known. Her father had been killed in an automobile accident before she was a year old. Now, Evie was having trouble letting go of Nonno as the two of them had been very close, sharing laughter, life, and secrets. This had made the move to Turnville even more difficult; everything familiar to her had been taken away. It was she and her mother in a new town, with old friends and recognizable surroundings left behind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful summertime read for young teens June 14, 2009
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The River Whispers, a fast-paced fantasy for young readers, brings us face-to-face with the ghost of David, a 12-year-old boy Evie sees on the first day at her new school. When Evie befriends David, in spite of the small town rumors that she's crazy and talks to herself, we begin to see her true and caring nature. Evie deepens her commitment to David to solve his murder. And through her friendship with a schoolmate, Bliss, Evie finds answers along the banks of the river. Whether it is the river that whispers or heartfelt truths she hears, Evie finds a way to action. Set in a California riverside town among the redwood trees, this is an inspiring book for young people about the mysteries of loving and letting go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The River is great! January 24, 2010
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The River Whispers is a wonderful combination of small town intrigue, romance, teenage angst, and magic. It features a main character any kid can identify with, a quirky best friend, a sympathetic boy ghost, and a likeable love interest. These young people are caught up in a very teenage drama, but Pizzimenti skillfully superimposes a series of more adult themes, as the story explores the challenges facing the heroes' parents. The story is fast-paced, but not so fast as to leave us behind. On top of all that, Pizzimenti conveys a feeling of small town peace and semi-rural beauty that makes her fictional town, Turnville, a pleasure to visit. Highly recommended.
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