The River Between Us
The year is 1861. Civil war is imminent and Tilly Pruitt's brother, Noah, is eager to go and fight on the side of the North. With her father long gone, Tilly, her sister, and their mother struggle to make ends meet and hold the dwindling Pruitt family together. Then one night a mysterious girl... show more
The year is 1861. Civil war is imminent and Tilly Pruitt's brother, Noah, is eager to go and fight on the side of the North. With her father long gone, Tilly, her sister, and their mother struggle to make ends meet and hold the dwindling Pruitt family together. Then one night a mysterious girl arrives on a steamboat bound for St. Louis. Delphine is unlike anyone the small river town has even seen. Mrs. Pruitt agrees to take Delphine and her dark, silent traveling companion in as boarders. No one in town knows what to make of the two strangers, and so the rumors fly. Is Delphine's companion a slave? Could they be spies for the South? Are the Pruitts traitors? A masterful tale of mystery and war, and a breathtaking portrait of the lifelong impact one person can have on another.
Publish date: April 21st 2005
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Military History
, Civil War
An interesting look at race in our culture, both past and present. The structure of this book is particularly interesting, starting in the 1920s in St. Louis, flashing back to the 1860s along the banks of the Mississippi in Iowa and Missouri, and then back to the 20s. Peck at his best.
This is an easy YA read that I probably wouldn't have picked up on my own, but a coworker suggested it for my class, I read it, and I liked it. I had "the secret" figured out early on, but the plot still held my attention. I haven't read many books set during the Civil War, but this isn't a bad pl...
I love Peck, who has written some fabulous books. Here's another. This one is an exploration of some of the people involved in the Civil War along the banks of the Mississippi in Illinois. The character development is pretty extraordinary. I learned a lot from this book, and won't say more for fear ...