A memorable YA novel about the tough and tender sides of growing up in a small country town. Fourteen-year-old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble, but escaping the constraints and memories that keep him trapped is not so easy, until it's a matter of life or death.
HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2005
The big river rolls past our town, takes a slow look and rolls away.
Life for Harry means swimming in Pearce Swamp, eating chunks of watermelon with his brother and his dad, surviving schoolyard battles, and racing through butterflies in Cowpers Paddock. In his town there's Linda, who brings him the sweetest-ever orange cake, and Johnny, whose lightning fists draw blood in a blur, and there's a mystery that Harry needs to solve before he can find a way out
By the River is about the feeling the undercurrents, finding solid ground and knowing when to make a leap.
Steven Herrick writes straight from the heart.
Steven Herrick was born in Brisbane, the youngest of seven children. At school his favourite subject was soccer, and he dreamed of football glory while he worked at various jobs, including fruit picking. Now Steven writes for children and teenagers and visits many schools each year. He loves talking to the students and their teachers about poetry, and soccer.
Steven lives in the Blue Mountains with his wife and two sons.
Winner Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis! 2019 DE; Winner Outstanding International Books List of USBBY and the CBC 2007 AU; Runner-up CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2005 2005 AU; Winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award, Older Readers 2005 AU; Winner NSW Premier's Literary Award, Ethel Turner Prize for Books for Young Adults 2005 AU
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
12 - 18
Children's, Teenage & educational