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River Boy by Tim Bowler
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I read this book a number of years ago and was reminded of it today as I drove along a road which follows the river Usk. As I gazed at the river I experienced my usual longing to be in the water swimming. I have only once actually tried swimming in a river and I remember how this book drew me in with its tale of a young girl who finds it perfectly natural to swim in rivers and who is well equipped to do so.

The general storyline is lovely, very real and believable and the surreal/supernatural elements slide in among the mundanities with the ease I would like to be able to slide into river water.

The book flows and as Jess follows her river, we follow a river of narrative as cool and exhilarating as the wild water and share her journey of discovery. This is one of those 'children's books' that are probably even better read as an adult to fully comprehend the layers and nuances as well as for the simple enjoyment of a story well told.
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