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Riverkeep

By: Martin Stewart

Wulliam’s father’s job is to keep the river clear of weeds, ice, and corpses. When he is pulled under the water one day and emerges possessed, Wull embarks on an epic journey in search of a cure.

ISBN: 9781101998298

JLG Release: Nov 2016


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Topics: Fantasy , Boats , Sea monsters , Friendship , Fathers and sons , Magic , Alchemy

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Awards & Honors

The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee, Young Readers
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016, Teen
BCCB 2016 Blue Ribbons, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Wull is approaching his 16th birthday, the date on which he will take over the grim, hereditary position of Riverkeep from his father. When Wull’s father is possessed by a demon that will consume him from the inside out, the only way to save him is to journey to the mouth of the river to slay the Mormorach, a sea monster with healing properti Wull is approaching his 16th birthday, the date on which he will take over the grim, hereditary position of Riverkeep from his father. When Wull’s father is possessed by a demon that will consume him from the inside out, the only way to save him is to journey to the mouth of the river to slay the Mormorach, a sea monster with healing properties. Along the way, Wull collects a motley assortment of traveling companions: Homunculus Tillinghast, stowaway Mix, Remedie Cantrell and her resurrected wooden baby, and Rushworth the Bootmunch. Some very bad men are chasing Tillinghast, who has stolen a valuable mandrake for reasons of his own, and everyone is trying to slay the Mormorach while Capt. Gilt Murdagh looks on, learning from every failed attempt. With a humorous, light touch and an excellent feel for dialogue, Stewart has created a first-rate fantasy. Unfortunately, in order for the plot to work, the river has to flow both ways, an impossible feat in a world where magic doesn’t govern river current. While casual readers won’t notice, fantasy lovers, the title’s target audience, will. Tillinghast’s ribald wit will go over the heads of younger readers and guarantees the comedic elements of the book will be best appreciated in the teen section. VERDICT Otherwise excellently written quest fantasy, marred by a significant world-building error. In spite of this, an author to watch.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

Book Details

ISBN

9781101998298

First Release

November 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

416

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.9; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.4; Points: 20;

Lexile

Level 920L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse

Topics

Fantasy, Boats, Sea monsters, Friendship, Fathers and sons, Magic, Alchemy,

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