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Forgive the River, Forgive the Sky

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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Twelve-year-old Lily Star loves the Sandy River, which flows through the small northern town that she s lived in all her life. "But as much as I love it," she says, "I can t forgive it." She holds the grudge because her father died while fishing on the river—and her whole life changed after that.

She and her mother had to leave the cabin in the woo

Paperback, 85 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 1999)
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Dec 03, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Gloria Whelan is a great author. This book was a great read. I really liked it. This book is about a young girls journey to healing after her father's death. Would highly reccomend reading this book.
Michael Kemp
Jun 17, 2010 Michael Kemp rated it really liked it
Lily Star lived in a cabin in the woods near a river. The river had the best trout fishing, and sadly her father lost his life in the river. Because of the financial strain put on the family after the passing of her father, Lily and her mother were forced to move and live above the family hardware store. Even though Lily loves the river, she still can’t “forgive” it for taking her father. She also resents the fact that T.R., a hermit in a wheelchair, has moved into the cabin.
However, over time s
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Feb 13, 2015 Kayla Baker rated it liked it
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Losing a father can be a hard thing, but to lose your home and the life you had there makes it all the worse. This is the case for Lily. The home on the river had to be sold after her father died. And now the new owner is putting up a fence. She can no longer get to the river. For her this is a love hate relationship for it was the river that took her father from her. How can she ever forgive it for that?

The story of twelve year old Lily is a sad one. I liked the setting. The author definitely k
Oct 29, 2008 Barbara rated it it was amazing
As in many of her other books, Ms. Whelan shows her understanding of young people who are struggling with major changes in their lives. In this book, twelve-year-old Lily is not only grieving over the loss of her father, who had drowned in the river they had loved and fished together, but she's mourning the loss of the cabin in the woods by that river -- where she had grown up -- to a hostile stranger who shuts her and the rest of the world out. She hates the city and determines that she will fi ...more
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May 19, 2016 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing
"I wondered as I licked them away why tears were salty. And why do you have to keep losing people like the tops off toothpaste tubes or your sunglasses? People ought to come with strings on them to hold on to. But I guess it's like the birds and flowers that come and go. You can't hang on to them. They have their seasons."
Even though I felt sad for the main character in the story, an important lesson of life was learned. Sometimes, forgiveness is difficult to do, especially when it involves a
Jul 16, 2013 Shanae rated it liked it
I liked this book it was overall alright. I thought it had a good story line and it was a pretty good pace book. I liked how the main character was learning to forgive and to let go of the past and eventually the passing of her father. I think it was a good book about letting go and coming at peace with one's self.

I would recommend this book to someone who wanted to learn to forgive and to let go. I think it is a good book about learning to realize that other people struggle sometimes too.

Meg Rumbaugh
Feb 15, 2015 Meg Rumbaugh rated it liked it
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The theme of forgiveness is strong in this book. I believe that it is good for young readers to become familiar with this. Through the book you follow a 12 year old girl who has lost her father and has to figure out her life after that tragedy. As the book progresses she comes to terms with things and discovers what it means to forgive.
Jul 08, 2016 Katy rated it liked it
Book 8 of my Summer Reading Challenge to my students: A young girl is unforgiving to the river where her beloved father drowned. Because of his death, her mother had to sell the cabin where they lived. The man who bought it has enclosed it and has secrets and is unforgiving as well.

Life Lesson: We all grieve, but we must learn acceptance and how to embrace change.
Feb 16, 2016 LeAnne rated it really liked it
Beautifully written story of two people getting over deep pain and loss, set in northern Michigan. Although Eerdmans' is a religious publisher, God is only mentioned briefly on p. 95, "I knew the Lord wasn't through with me ."
Martha Valasek
Jul 24, 2014 Martha Valasek rated it really liked it
A story about a girl who lost her father in a drowning accident and a pilot who lost the use of his legs from a plane accident. They are brought together and heal because of their friendship.
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Two unlikely friends help each other heal, one from the death of her father, the other from the accident that handicapped him.
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Gloria Whelan is the best-selling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award; Friutlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square and its companion, The Impossible Journey; Once on this Island, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; Farewell to the Island; and Return to the Island. She lives with her husband, Joseph, in the woods ...more
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