Rollercoasters River Boy

Rollercoasters River Boy

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Grandpa is dying. He can barely move his hands anymore, but stubborn as ever, refuses to stay in hospital. He's determined to finish his last painting, 'River Boy', before he goes. A poignant story that explores the subject of grief and loss in an accessible and affecting way.Themes: grief, bereavement, testing physical limits, artistic challengeTeaching
Focus:BLLanguage rich in metaphor and other rhetorical devicesBLStrong characterization and sensitive portrayal of relationshipsBLCreation of mood and setting through descriptive languageBLKey images woven through the
narrative and plotRecommended for students in Years 8 and 9
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Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 134.87 x 202.95 x 1.02mm | 180g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0198326378
  • 9780198326373
  • 1,524,008

Review quote

`River Boy has all the hallmarks of a classic...You are not the same person at the end of this book.'
Carnegie Medal judges
`Haunting, poetic and written with great feeling.'
The Mail on Sunday
`River Boy is strong on mood and atmosphere.'
The Guardian
`This marvellous story is really entertaining and fantastic. I was also surprised by the end as there was an unexpected twist and it really lived up to my expectations.'
Claire, Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
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About Tim Bowler

Tim Bowler is an experienced classroom teacher, becoming Head of Modern Languages before leaving to become a full-time freelance writer and translator. Tim has won numerous awards for his novels, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal.
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Rating details

1,319 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 28% (372)
4 32% (424)
3 29% (379)
2 8% (108)
1 3% (36)
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