- File Size: 2589 KB
- Print Length: 245 pages
- Publisher: Amulet Books (April 9, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 9, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07H1FXL1T
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Riverland Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 10 - 14|
|Grade Level: 5 - 9|
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"A narrative that challenges the stereotypical stories of domestic violence, Riverland is painful and heartwarming all at once . . . A must-read."
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This is a book for kids. It's also a book for adults, whether you remember, forgot, or never knew what it's like to be a child in danger. It's also very much a book that captures the reality of how kids, siblings especially maybe, can take care of, and feel a deep responsibility for, each other and for their family in a way that can be hard to understand for outsiders and adults.
That sense of kids trying to hold the world together, of fixing the cracks in their reality through sheer force of will and imagination. that sense of "if I say it is so, then it will be"... is captured so well. As I found this morning, it's very hard to put this book down.
"There's no happily ever after....and there are monsters, and that's not fair. But once upon a time, there were two sisters who rescued each other."
"And we kept on doing that, until we didn't need to anymore...."
I cannot say enough how much I love this novel and its masterful approach to children dealing with domestic violence in their home and family. It manages to be both poignant and accessible and to teach children the importance of identifying an adult they can trust. A novel that highlights sisterly love and devotion, I heartily hope it continues to cut a wide swath through the awards season. Thoroughly deserved. The best middle-grade novel of 2019.
Andre Norton Award for 2019, Lodestar nominee for 2020.
Eleanor and Mike believe in house magic, which is how things clean up after these episodes. When their father breaks an heirloom that they thought was a witch ball, a river begins to appear under Eleanor's bed, and they travel to another world. They learn that the barrier has been broken and now they must find a way to repair it. At the same time, their lives are becoming more dangerous and the rules are becoming more complex.
What I loved: The imagery is absolutely gorgeous and the story is absolutely heart-wrenching. This book gives new insights into the psychology of victims of abuse and the ways that they organize their lives and thoughts. The magical realism elements are really interesting and bring new insights to the characters through their exploration of riverland.
I would caution readers to approach with care, as this is a very heavy read and deals with some difficult situations of child abuse (physical, emotional). This may be better for older middle grade readers and for older audiences. Regardless, it's a powerful book.
Final verdict: Emotionally heavy with important themes and beautiful imagery, RIVERLAND is a powerful middle grade novel about dealing with the impossible. This novel is full of sisterly love and delves into the psychology of victims of abuse.
Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.