River Boy

Tim Bowler (Author)


Fifteen-year-old Jess's grandfather has just had a major heart attack, but he insists he finish his painting, River Boy. 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?

Product Details

Simon Pulse
Publish Date
January 01, 2002
4.28 X 7.1 X 0.66 inches | 0.27 pounds
Mass Market Paperbound

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About the Author

Tim Bowler has written seven novels for teenagers and is one of the most prominent authors currently writing for this age group. His first novel, Midget, established him as a thrilling new voice in young adult literature. His third novel, River Boy, won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, and his books have also won numerous other prizes. His most recent novels are Storm Catchers and the highly acclaimed Firmament.
Mr. Bowler lives with his wife in Devon, England, and is a full-time write


"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.
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.
"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" Cormier fans...are likely to find this just their cup of astringent tea.
"School Library Journal" (starred review) This psychological thriller is immediately engaging...[and] suspenseful and fast-paced throughout.