Our Time on the River

Our Time on the River

By:  Don Brown

1968. Steve’s older brother has just broken the news that he’s quit college to enlist in the army. Before David departs for Vietnam in September, their father decides to send the brothers on a canoe trip down the Susquehanna River. Steve knows that David isn’t happy about the plan, and he’s not looking forward to being trapped with his swaggering, tough-guy brother either. “Look out for each other!” is the last thing they hear Dad shout as they round a bend out of sight, David in the rear, controlling the canoe. At first narrow and quiet as a stream, the river soon grows wider and more complicated, carrying the boys through gritty small-town America on a journey that pushes their adversarial relationship into new territory. There is no map or guide for this trip: just two brothers going forward, navigating the twists and turns of the river, learning to fight for each other.In this lyrical first novel, Don Brown tells the powerful story of two brothers coming of age in a challenging time.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547348674

  • ISBN-10: 0547348673

  • Pages: 144

  • Price: $10.99

  • Publication Date: 04/21/2003

  • Age(s): 12,13,14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 7-12

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 750L

Don Brown
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Don Brown

Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him "a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies." He lives in New York with his family.www.booksbybrown.comInstagram: @donsart
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    “Brown paints an interesting, accurate portrait of 1960’s life and culture…this is a satisfying read, with the river journey offering a microcosm of society at that time.” Booklist, ALA

    “Prosaic writing does not hinder the narrative but strengthens Steven’s voice, that of a 14-year-old boy keenly aware that his brother may soon die in a war.” School Library Journal

    “Brown paints a convincing picture of brotherly bonding and of a complex era.” Publishers Weekly

    “Brown paints a convincing picture of brotherly bonding and of a complex era.” Publishers Weekly

    “This engaging story will appeal to readers who seek adventure and a fast–moving plot.” VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547348674

  • ISBN-10: 0547348673

  • Pages: 144

  • Price: $10.99

  • Publication Date: 04/21/2003

  • Age(s): 12,13,14,15,16

  • Grade(s): 7-12

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 750L

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