Where The River Takes Us (Paperback)
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Where The River Takes Us (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 16/03/2023
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Waterstones Says

The author of The Valley of Lost Secrets returns with an engrossing, character-driven tale of urban legends and personal discovery set during the era of the three-day week of 1974.

From the author of The Valley of Lost Secrets comes a thrilling historical adventure set against a backdrop of the 1970s miners' strikes, perfect for readers aged 9+.

It's February 1974 and working class families have been hit hard by the three-day week. The reduced power usage means less hours for people to work, and less money to get by on. Thirteen-year-old Jason feels the struggle keenly. Ever since his parents died, it's just been him and his older brother Richie.

Richie is doing his best, but since he can't make ends meet he's been doing favours for the wrong people. Every day they fear they won't have enough and will have to be separated. One thing that helps distract Jason is the urban legend about a beast in the valleys. A wild cat that roams the forest, far up the river from their bridge. When Jason's friends learn of a reward for proof of The Beast's existence, they convince Jason this is the answer to his and Richie's money problems.

Richie can get himself out of trouble before it's too late and the brothers can stay together. And so a quest begins ... Starting at the bridge of their village and following the river north, the four friends soon find themselves on a journey that will change each of them ... forever.

With echoes of Stand By Me, this thrilling middle-grade adventure gives us the most exquisite characterisation and a page-turning plot with relatable themes, making this utterly timeless and one of the finest historical fiction stories in the market today.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526647771
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

What a story. What a writer. Simply stunning - Emma Carroll

A luminous love letter to brotherhood & friendship. It sits effortlessly alongside Stand By Me & Ostrich Boys. And like everything Lesley writes, it radiates a big, beautiful heart - Phil Earle

A poignant, funny adventure for 9+, rich in bittersweet, evocative detail. - Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian

With echoes of Stand By Me, this thrilling middle-grade adventure gives us the most exquisite characterisation and a page-turning plot with relatable themes, making this utterly timeless and one of the finest historical fiction stories in the market today - The Bookseller

Entrancing - James Lovegrove, Financial Times

Beautifully told. This appealing book is about losses healed, lies uncovered, cruelty defeated and goodness rewarded - Sunday Times on THE VALLEY OF LOST SECRETS

An assured, thoughtful historical novel with a richly evoked post-war Welsh setting - Guardian on WHEN THE WAR CAME HOME

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“Loss, friendship and adventure - something for everyone!”

It's 1974 and working class families have been hit by tough times meaning there is less work and less money to get by on. For 13-year old Jason, times are especially hard - ever since his parents dies, it's... More

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“An eventful adventure, a loveable cast, a thrilling ending...and crisp sandwiches too.”

While this book steps away from the wartime themes of Parr's previous novels, it is still a historical adventure in the same vein, and one which feels hugely relevant today.

Amidst strikes and power cuts, with... More

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“Friendship And Adventure”

Where The River Takes Us by Lesley Parr is a very engaging children’s novel set in the Welsh valleys in 1974.
1974 was a time of unrest in Britain with three day working weeks and regular power cuts. Times were hard... More

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