Teenager Veronica Severance is having a difficult time trying to adjust to her new life in rural Oregon. But thanks to her friendship with Karen, a gregarious child she babysits, things seem to be almost bearable. Bearable, that is, until she finds Karen's body on the banks of the Santiam River. Suspecting that Karen's death is not an accident, Veronica is determined to discover the truth about Karen's death.
Nominated for the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery Novel, The River proved to be a captivating read from beginning to end. Suspenseful, lyrical, and possessing appealing characters, The River is recommended for readers in grades 8 through 12.