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The Jericho River

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  19 reviews
History isn't names and dates -- it's an adventure story.

And so is The Jericho River. Both a novel and a history, it's won multiple awards, including first place at the London Book Festival and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The Jericho River flows through a magical world shaped by myth and history. Young Jason Gallo sails the river on a dangerous quest to rescue hi
Paperback, 2.2, 335 pages
Published September 5th 2015 by Winifred Press (first published August 28th 2012)
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May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
David W. Tollen's "The Jericho River: A Novel About the History of Western Civilization" is an interesting concept for a novel. I love books that sneak educational material to the reader as this often encourages them, especially younger readers, to learn more about the topics/civilization/history discussed in the book. I would definitely encourage younger readers to pick up this book.

Tollen's book is well-written and easy to understand for the younger age bracket, especially tweens. The story i
Paul Wandason
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
"The Jericho River" has a great concept: to use time travel to take a teenager back in time and lead him through the ages to show YA readers "the history of western civilisation". Although it's not well executed it does have other strengths.

Jason's told that his Dad is in a coma but also in another world and needs rescuing. Somehow Jason is transported to this other world in an "Inception" movie like manner, being reminded that time in the world of "Fore" passes quicker than it does here in the
Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review:'The Jericho River, A Novel About the History of Western Civilization' by David W. Tollen.

History is one of those things that people either love or hate. Often dry and boring, it does not have the continued excitement that helps to keep one interested. This is especially true of the young who are looking for constant thrills due to gaming and other entertainment that is now readily available. In The Jericho River by David W. Tollen, he gives us an alte
Tim Myers
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our social and political life depends to a great extent on how well ordinary people know history. Those who know it well are not only not condemned to repeat it, but they participate more in civic life, they're more progressive, they live richer lives as individuals, and they're likely to pass on their interest in history to their own offspring as well as model if for others. So the big question becomes: How do we interest young people in history?
David Tollen's YA novel "The Jericho River" is
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The Jericho River has, at its heart, a really great concept: making history come alive for readers in a fictional story that involves time travel, as a way of taking the reader through many centuries and countries.This really does brings ancient history alive for YA readers, which I am fully behind!

I could tell that it was a book aimed at YA readers though in its language and general storyline, which I didn’t feel was that strong. To be honest I would have preferr
Spritti Bee
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book is very "all religions are equal" but "science is better", so if you are a homeschool mom and are teaching in favor of Christianity, I would suggest that it is more of a 15-16 yo and up type of book as it has a lot of discussion that is well beyond the younger reader's theological grasp. It was an interesting read, but I won't be putting it in my recommended books for history for this reason. It was more of a fiction story than anything, even though it did travel through ancient cultur ...more
Patricia Hamill
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like historical fantasy
This historical fantasy follows Jason Gallo on a quest to find and rescue his father. With the aid of a mysterious woman, Jason finds himself stranded in ancient Sumer. Soon, he must flee down the only path open to him, the Jericho River, along with a catlike creature called a Lumin.

So, first off, not only are the characters interesting, but I really dig the journey through time aspect. Before each new stop along the Jericho River, short history lessons prime the reader for the coming time and p
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This was a really fun and unique take on mixing science fiction and fantasy together, along with historical fiction. I was not sure how the author would make that work, but he actually pulled it off pretty well. This is book that was written for young adults, and makes a bit of reference to sex and other adult matters but not in a gratuitous way, and I felt was handled with tact.

I found the idea of Fore to be unique and am wondering if it is possible to go upstream to prehistory, does the river
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Jericho River: A Novel About The History of Western Civilization has something for everyone. Author David W. Tollen uses his creative prowess to teach history to young adult readers in a most clever way--by turning learning into an adventure story. With a ragtag crew of interesting characters--some modern, others ancient and a few magical -- the group travels throughout time in search of answers. The novel is packed with action, romance, history and fan
Carolyn Denman
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Clever concept for a story. Could do with a bit more emotion to offset the feeling the reader is being lectured to. The 'learning about history' concept is just a bit too in-your-face for me. It should just happen along the way while we are engrossed in the drama. Having said that, I did love the lecture notes, that worked well. Just needed a bit more emphasis on the character's reactions to the things that were happening. Maybe that's just a boy/girl thing though, I think I get addicted to the ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jericho River

An enjoyable romp through history weaved into a tale of myth and magic. The book is aimed at young adults and tells the tale of Jason's journey through the dream world of Fore to save his father. He comes face to face with creatures from mythology such as the Minotaur and Faeries and also discovers he is a shaman. I thought the book was original and educational
Aug 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. I love history and historical fiction, but I just couldn't get through it. It reminds me of an educational video game: history lectures at the beginning of chapters, interspersed with content that's just not that compelling on its own. I found the story plodding and repetitive.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David W. Tollen's novel titled " The Jericho River " is a fantastic and gripping story! When you start reading you get really invested in the plot and the amazing descriptions. This book is perfect for those that want to read a olden days book or just want to know what it feels like to be back in the medieval era! 4 Stars way up!
Fun cute story

Great imagination mixed with history. I enjoyed the in between chapters that gave real history today bits as much as I enjoyed the magical world based on folklore. It was creative, well thought out, and well written. I enjoyed it overall even though it was for a younger audience. Would be a good school book.
John Pendergraft
A fun story about a teenage boy who must travel to parallel world called "Fore" in order to find and save his father. I enjoyed the "father hunger" theme and the short historical sketches at the beginning of each chapter. If you can put up with some political correctness and climate change mumbo jumbo than this is a fun and informative read.
Nils Andersson
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a river running through an alternative dream reality. A river that flows through history, where the future lies down stream. This river through time povides the setting for this excellent read. It is well written and thoroughly engaging. An adventure and a history lesson (of a kind) in one highly recommended package.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like more than I did.
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Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! I loved reading it and could not put it down! People who like Greek myths and Egyptians, definitely read this!
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David Tollen writes young adult fantasy novels that teach history and science -- as well as nonfiction about technology law.

David's first novel, THE JERICHO RIVER, won the London Book Festival for best YA work and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for sci-fi/fantasy. It also won a bronze medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Reviews and Awards Contest, among other honors. THE JERICHO RIVER is an
“History is a drop in humanity’s bucket of time. The period we usually call “history” takes up the last five thousand years. By its start—the start of writing and civilization—many people had already been living in farming societies for six thousand years. And before that we’d been hunter-gatherers for two hundred thousand years. When history began, we already had a long history. — William Gallo, The Historical Factoids Pocket Guide (Chicago, 2009), 5.” 0 likes
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