Synopses & Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Jess's grandfather has just had a major heart attack, but he insists he finish his painting, andlt;Iandgt;River Boy.andlt;/Iandgt; At first, Jess cannot understand why this painting is so important to her grandfather, especially since there doesn't seem to be any boy in it at all. But while swimming in the river herself, Jess begins to feel the presence of a strange boy. Could this be the same one her ailing grandfather struggles to paint? And if so, why has he returned?
Susan Cooper,Newbery Medal Winner, The Grey King A river is a natural metaphor for life and death, and Tim Bowler uses it to wonderful effect in this lovely, simple story. River Boy is written in quiet, non-poetic prose -- but it's a poem, as well as a very moving novel.
School Library Journal (starred review) This psychological thriller is immediately engaging...[and] suspenseful and fast-paced throughout.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Cormier fans...are likely to find this just their cup of astringent tea.
The Horn Book Magazine There is no question that the tightly scripted plot with its steadily building tension will keep readers spellbound to the end.
Knowing that he is dying, Jess's grandfather insists on returning to the river he had known as a boy to finish a special painting and fulfill a life-long dream. Winner of the 1998 Carnegie Medal.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Tim Bowlerandlt;/Bandgt; has written seven novels for teenagers and is one of the most prominent authors currently writing for this age group. His first novel, andlt;Iandgt;Midget,andlt;/Iandgt; established him as a thrilling new voice in young adult literature. His third novel, andlt;Iandgt;River Boy,andlt;/Iandgt; won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and his books have also won numerous other prizes. His most recent novels are andlt;Iandgt;Storm Catchersandlt;/Iandgt; and the highly acclaimed andlt;Iandgt;Firmament.andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Mr. Bowler lives with his wife in Devon, England, and is a full-time writer.