In a caste-divided, dystopian world, two children risk everything in search of a better life. Inspired by current environmental concerns and tackling themes of inequality, courage and social justice, Where the River Runs Gold is an adventure built on the enduring hope of a better, fairer future.
Our Children's Book of the Month for July 2019
Two children must risk everything to escape their fate and find the impossible . . . A brave, thought-provoking adventure by award-winning author, Sita Brahmachari.
Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields - the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.
The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat. The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won't survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are - their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.
The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts - to let love guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it . . .
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 28 mm
'Sita Brahmachari has a great gift of understanding for the confusions and loneliness of adolescents and their need to be gently nurtured and cherished.' - Julia Eccleshare
'A beautifully written book about family, friendship, grief and hope which made me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time.' - Anthony Browne, former Children's Laureate, on Artichoke Hearts
'Sita Brahmachari has such a loving touch with the way she delicately and compassionately picks her way through experiences, families and relationships.' - Jamila Gavin on Jasmine Skies
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