The River Between Us

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Civil War realism for young readers.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 7 reviews

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age 11+

More than just a Young Adult novel.

I read the River Between Us two years ago for the very first time. It's a short YA novel, which meant it wouldn't take long to read, however I underestimated it's power of engagement and the impact the tale would have on me. This book is not a YA book alone, it is a fantastic book for adults as well. It covers a side of American history rarely discussed. The characters are powerful in unique and believable ways. Human heroes exist through out the tale, and the candid presentation of American view points during the civil war is fantastic. It is now a regular book that I re read to keep it's lessons fresh in my mind.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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For kids who love history based drama

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