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**STARRED REVIEW**
"Wilde approaches... using the fantastic to symbolize and illuminate the complex emotions her characters experience. About courage and truth overcoming denial and fear, Riverland is an important book." 
-- Shelf Awareness


**STARRED REVEW**
"A narrative that challenges the stereotypical stories of domestic violence, Riverland is painful and heartwarming all at once . . . A must-read."
-- Booklist

"The important topic of physical and emotional abuse in families is sensitively portrayed."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Wilde (Updraft) skillfully blurs the lines of fantasy and reality in a haunting middle grade story of sisters connected through trauma and a shared mythology . . . Beneath the surface of Wilde's fantastical metaphors lies the far more chilling and profound portrayal of domestic abuse and the lengths to which people can go to deny the most painful of truths."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Eleanor is a very believable heroine, with faults typical of any middle schooler. In the end she has to solve the problem herself and does so."
-- School Library Connection --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Gr 4–7—Eleanor protects her little sister Mike from their parents' violent fights by hiding with her under the bed and telling stories. The two children are made to think that all of the abuse is their fault and that they need to fix things. Under the bed, the kids fall into Riverland, where dreams are grown in the form of reeds, and horse-shaped nightmares made of smoke try to escape and wreak havoc on the real world. The two girls are told by a grouchy heron that they must fix the river in order to leave the dreamland and fix the issues with their parents. This book reinforces the idea that abuse is the child's fault and the onus is on them to be good and not cause trouble or tell any grownups. The characters are all static and don't have much depth. VERDICT A poorly executed version of Lois Lowry's Gossamer, Alice in Wonderland, and the film Sucker Punch mixed together. Not recommended.—Rachel Reinwald, Lake Villa District Library, IL --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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