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Hank of Twin Rivers, Book One: Journey of Change (Volume 1) Paperback – December 10, 2013
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Five star review for Hank of Twin Rivers: A Journey of Change.
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers Favorite'
Such a delightful read that I hated to see it end.
The descriptions of the characters and setting grabbed my imagination and wouldn't let go. I found myself laughing out loud when the goose refused to stay behind. This story might be similar to Little House on the Prairie, but honestly it was richer, more detailed and realistic. There is struggle and hurt, but there is also joy and hope in this coming of age story. I think it will appeal to adults as well.
From the Author
The idea of Hank's books came when years ago my sons and I lived near the Platte River in Nebraska, where the Oregon Trail followed the river. One of the memories they and I will always remember is walking along the riverbank and imaging how it would be like to live in the time when covered wagons traveled over these trails.
This is when Hank of Twin Rivers began. In the first book 'Journey of Change', Hank is a boy of twelve, turning thirteen. The preacher's daughter, Becca, catches his attention. In Book two, 'The Eagle's Nest' we find Hank at age fifteen and settled in Twin Rivers, a trading post near where the North and South Platte Rivers merges into the Platte River. He goes with wild horse hunters to find a horse of his own, and returns to find his best friend, Becca gone. In the final book, 'Riding with the Wranglers' Hank, at seventeen, joins wild horse hunters, leaving the Platte Valley to travel to Texas, and on to Missouri where he finds Becca, and gets caught up in the Civil War Battle of Wilson Creek. Book two and three will be launched in 2014.
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The previous owner’s daughter, the one with the freckles around her nose, said goodbye to what must have been her bedroom. The moment brought me to tears.
If a young girl could grieve the lost of a home, how much more would a young boy grieve the lost of his mother and baby sister?
In Hank of Twin Rivers, Book One: Journey of Change, young Hank has lost his mother, baby sister, and some of his neighbors to an awful disease. Broken, his father, J.B., decides to move on. Hank is reluctant to go, but go he must.
In gripping detail you will read the dangerous journey of a father and son bravely moving on as they each struggle through their own fears, hurts and loss. I fell hard for this story, for the characters - Hank, J.B., Uncle Mac - who always had an encouraging word for Hank - Rusty, Hank’s best friend, and Becca, the apple of Hank’s eye.
Like a welcomed visitor, whose time has come to leave, I felt sad when I reached the end of the book. I wanted it to go on.
Ms. Arvanitis is an incredible author; she knows how to weave a story that will mesmerize you and keep you hooked ‘till the end. Hank of Twin Rivers, Book One: Journey of Change, is truly a must read. Thankfully, this book is a series of four. I, like so many others, can’t wait for Hank of Twin Rivers, Book Two: The Eagle Nest.
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I also think it’s one of the hardest to write because you have to make the setting, plot and characters accurate and believable and be entertaining all at the same time. Ms. Arvanitis does this very well. I was drawn into the story right away. Hank is a very believable character, especially for the time period in the story. Hank’s dad is very strict but that is balanced with Hank’s jolly Uncle Mac. I really got a good picture of what the Pioneers dealt with on their journey. My only problem with the story is that it ends rather abruptly. I would have liked a bit more, but there is a second book in the works. The adventure and story in the book is enough to keep a kid entertained while learning about the Oregon Trail and life of a Pioneer. This book definitely earns a spot on my book shelf.
*NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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