Song of the River


The village seems to reject the nature reserve’s suggestion that beavers will ease the flooding that afflicts the area every year. Although Jenny and Luke explain how beavers are a keystone species, the farmers feel threatened by perceived possible damage to their land, and then to fishing.

However, something is stirred in Cari. After all, she and her Mum are newcomers, seeking to find their feet after losing Dad. Thereafter, they’ve created a café that’s been popular with ramblers and locals. However, the autumn floods have wiped them out. Might the introduction of beavers be a promise? It cannot help to try?

As Cari settles cautiously into her new rural home, she takes up her father’s camera and begins to see the world anew through its lens.

Bookwagon loves the empathy, information, meaning and warmth of Song of the River. Gill Lewis is an outstanding storyteller. (Dyslexia friendly format)

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Song of the River

Gill Lewis

(Barrington Stoke)

Cari doesn’t want to move. After all it will mean moving away from Dad and all the memories. However it seems that Mum’s intent on making a new start in the countryside where the river’s rush can be seen and heard. What’s more, it seems that Mum’s new start involves Cari joining a new school alongside helping out in the riverside café Mum’s created.
However, despite initial success in the business, and getting to know familiar faces, catastrophe strikes. It seems this area is prone to monumental autumn storms. What’s more the river’s rage threatens Cari’s and Mum’s new start. Then again, Mum’s determination is shattered. Is this time for Cari to step up? What’s more, could it be in relation to another initiative, perhaps the introduction of beavers? It seems these creatures might dam the local rivers that the floods are not so devastating. Then again, there’s a fair resistance from local farmers to this idea….
Gill Lewis introduces a meaningful tale of grief alongside that of the reintroduction of beavers to Britain. Like her works such as Swan Song, this is a thoroughly researched, informative and heartfelt tale of our native wildlife, regeneration and trusteeship. Bookwagon loves Song of the River. It seems a mark of the skill of this writer that she can create such a passionate, informed and stirring tale in such a compact format. We recommend Song of the River highly to our middle grade readers. (Dyslexia friendly format)


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