RIVER SONG by Belinda Hollyer

RIVER SONG

Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Jessye lives in one country—New Zealand—but two worlds. Some of the time she stays with her free-spirited but unreliable single mother, who frequently moves around, and the rest of the time she lives with her beloved paternal grandmother on their ancestral Maori land. Moving back and forth between her two families is never easy, but this time all seems to be going well. Her mother has a job and a home and seems cheerful, and Jessye enrolls in a new school and finds friends. But just as Jessye starts to relax, things take a turn for the worse: Her mother takes up with a confidence man and begins behaving erratically and drinking heavily. Torn between loving her mother and protecting her grandmother, Jessye realizes that she must rely on her own strength and intuition to help herself and her family move forward. Steeped in Maori folklore and culture, this unusual coming-of-age novel, narrated in Jessye’s distinctive voice, provides a thoughtful depiction of a girl learning to think for herself. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: May 15th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2149-7
Page count: 164pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008




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