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Till the Rivers All Run Dry

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In 1941, when thirteen-year-old Ricky Parker's family is uprooted from their home in Arkansas and relocated to Venezuela, Ricky thinks his life is over. But what he finds in a rough and tumble oil camp on the banks of Lake Maracaibo is the adventure of a lifetime. An adventure filled with Nazi spies, treachery, betrayal, true love, and even murder. While touching on issues ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published July 27th 2016 by Jim Lester
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn’t realise this was a children’s/young adult novel when I requested it from NetGalley, but having been sent it I felt duty bound to read and review it. And I’m so glad I did for in spite of my misgivings I found it a very well-written and interesting book. It’s narrated by 13-year-old Ricky Parker whose father relocates the family from Arkansas, where Ricky is very happy and settled, to Venezuela where his father has got a job on the oil fields. It’s 1941 and oil is vital for the US, not l ...more
Bonnye Reed
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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GNAB On September 10, 2016 I received a free electronic copy of this middle grade Mystery/Adventure novel from Netgalley and Jim Lester along with Mariposa Book Transformation Services in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me.

This tale finds it's beginning in El Dorado, Arkansas in July, 1941 and our protagonist is a 13 year old boy who loves baseball and comic books. Big for his age, Ricky is the son of Chester "Ches" and Dixie Parker. Ches is a former oil dril
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this quickly, completely lost in it. It read like the detailed memory of a child on the edge of puberty and WW2, chronicling the boy's move from the US to Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo. Once there, nothing is as promised by his father. Ricky is unpopular, angry, and only happy when he plays baseball. Then he finds the body and things change. The camp where he lives becomes tense. Will war really break out? Will it come to Lake Maracaibo? What about the Germans living on tbe other side of cam ...more
Polly Krize
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Enjoyable, light reading, with good characterization and descriptive World War II setting. When his father's company transfers the whole family to Venezuela, dealing with the multiple changes in his life are a challenge for Ricky. The oil camp on Lake Maracaibo is a hotbed of intrigue and possible espionage. His friendship with a German girl complicates things, but Ricky finds that he is more of an adult than he had thought.
Lynne Moody
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the storyline that keep me interested to what was coming next. The characters made me stop and think about about the era of time we need not forget. I was given this book for a honest review.
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Jim Lester is a novelist and historian who grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a boy, he loved sports and attended Hall High School, where he played on the basketball team. As an adult, Lester played tournament level tennis and racquetball along with endless pickup basketball games in gyms across the country.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University, a master’s degree fr