Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards

"Father says he comes for the fishing,
but in truth he comes to keep an eye
on other businessmen."

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Summary: Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown. Includes an author's note and historical timeline.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 280 pages


Anonymous said...

I've read Three Rivers Rising multiple times and it gives me chills every time. It is epic like watching Titanic, you know there is going to be a flood, but you suspend disbelief and how the outcome will somehow be different

tessyohnka said...

I was very interested in this topic, appreciated the fact that a time line is included in the back of the book and very much enjoyed the novel-in-verse aspect. It is a lovely read.
I don't think, however, that the book falls into the age category of the Newbery. It reads very beautifully and simply, but it's a love story and one of the story lines includes a premarital pregnancy.
I know I sound like a prude, which I am not -- it just seems like the reading level is one age and the content is another.