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.
Herrick captures the essence of his characters with deft strokes concise, eloquent and moving.'Andrew Riemer, The Sydney Morning Herald, September 11-12, 2004 Herrick's language is spare and lyrical'Magpies Vol 19 No 4 September 2004highly emotional poetry that can induce tears of both laughter and sadness. Harry's voice is compelling and without guile.' The AgeSat 14/08/04exquisite prose verse - beautifully told' Kirkus Reviews, USAAnother outstanding verse novel by Steven Herrick A wonderful example of Australian identity' Judith Way, Mill Park Secondary College, VIC
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 13 years old
For Grades: 8 - 9
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1