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  1. says:

    A great author can write a book where nothing much happens but so much is told and when you get to the end you still want


  2. says:

    By the River is filled with beautiful and poignant writing At first the poetry seemed to stunt the flow of the novel but once I got into the rhythm I noticed how succinct it was at sharing the events and emotions of Harry Hodby in this coming of age story The moments are short and lacking in some details but thinking on this novel as the protagonist's memories of his childhood I think this writing style reflects the imperfections of our memories We remember people events and some weird minor details but the memories fade over time With relevant themes such as death disaster lust and growing up By The River cements itself in the must read pile of every teenager and parent


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    Through emotional and vivid language Harry Hobby brings us into his life in dusty outback Australia Harry and his brother Keith spend their days fishing chasing butterflies in Cowpers paddock and hanging with Johnny Barlow the boy with the uickest fists in school Harry still mourns the loss of his friend Linda who was swept downstream by the flood He secretly visits her grave mourning her loss However Harry soon realises that he is not alone in his admiration for her finding a ring by her grave Wondering what life could be like Harry yearns to leave his town and venture out into the world But knowing those who leave never return he is reluctant With Linda's secret admirer lurking about and memories of his past haunting him Harry’s life becomes increasingly difficult He must make a decision; to leave his world behind or to stay by the river By the river is a heart warming story containing themes of love friendship conflict and romance I would recommend this book to young adolescents as the language used in the novel is directed at this audience Using a poetic format this is a breathtaking piece of literature which will inspire and capture the hearts of readers for generations to come By The River shows us what life can be like and how lucky we are to have what we have and to love who we love


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    My kids regularly recommend books that they have just finished to me payback for all the times I have suggested new books to them and yes how wonderful that my kids are also avid readers with mature and diverse tastes The latest one By The River by Steven Herrick was actually a reuired text for my daughter's English class Having read it once she gave it to me to read then came and got it back because she needed to read it again When she brought it back the second time I asked when she needed to have it back to the school library I do have 4 other books on the go She said in a couple of weeks but that was ok I should really read this bookSo I picked it up last night as I was going to bed about 1030pm and I finished it as I walked between my carpark and my office this morning She was right I really should read this book and so should you It is beautifulBy The River is a classic Australian story written as verse in the words of a boy Harry who lives in a small ueensland town It is a story of love grief coming of age friendship and small towns Reading it you can smell the dust hear the crows in the trees and taste the humidityBut my daughter has to take it back to the school library so now I'll have to hunt down a copy to buy


  5. says:

    I read it because it is one of my eldest sons texts for this year Interesting style of writing and good themes Great choice for an all boys school I knocked it off in one days readingI just reread it 6 months later as I am helping him with an essay and just had to add to my review bThere was so much to the poems stories I can't wait for him to come home so we can talk about it Also makes me growl that some people gave this a one star Not because of the rating that is their opinion but in their comments said they only skimmed it and that not much happened You can't skim read it In re reading this I think this boy went from significant grief and a pessimistic view of the world to 'moving on' and I had a sense of peace and optimism for his future


  6. says:

    Fascinating story about growing up in Australia by the river I call it poetry but I realize the Poetry Police may arrest me for calling prose broken up into lines poetry But I'll let them worry about that It would make a terrific movie Also an excellent book for teens


  7. says:

    By the River is my favourite book of the year so far It's wondrous An amazing tale of an Australian childhood perfectly rendered


  8. says:

    I was constantly drawn to the simple yet beautiful words and memories of Harry I bought this for a friend but will definitely be getting a copy of my own


  9. says:

    This is a lovely uiet little book I enjoyed it There was something safe and easy about reading it I never felt the urge to put it down even though it was not an action packed adventure I liked the Australian setting the wholesomeness and the unhurried toneIt's written in verse with very short lines – just 23 or 4 words per line in most cases – and many of the vignettes are only a page long even with that spareness of line length The pacing was just a little off I think the first nine tenths of the book set up the characters of the town and the tone and the main character's inner thoughts and concerns with life and then the final 10 pages were a last minute sort of reveal with a cryptic line that actually confused me and made me wonder if I had missed something obvious It seemed as if Herrick was nervous that there was no conflict and resolution so he did a sort of wrapping up of the book after he had lost some of his stamina I would have introduced Harry's wonder about what he got from his father earlier in the story and in than one way so that the ending had punch I would have made the reveal linger longer and had it unfold fullyHere's the cryptic passageThe part that knowsJohnny Barlow Linda the ring the white cross the mystery of the '62 floodare all safe and cherished deep withinSpoilery discussion of said passageview spoilerThe mystery as far as I could tell had always been how Linda had gotten caught in the flood and whether she had deliberately gone out into the water In retrospect Harry recalled a bond between Linda and Johnny she had singled Johnny out for a birthday gift rum balls; is Herrick saying that Linda and Johnny had been lovers canoodling by the river before it spilled its banks?And that made me wonder at what point in the timeline Johnny had run away into the forest an event that hadn't seemed significant while I was reading Did he run away in grief soon after Linda drowned or much later? I knew I'd have to go hunt down those couple of vignettes if I wanted to piece it together and I didn't have the energy to do it I for one needed a little guidance as a readerSo with just a little combing through his manuscript I think Herrick could have simultaneously fleshed out and trimmed in ways that would have made the flow toward the end – and toward what Harry learns about himself – natural and satisfying hide spoiler


  10. says:

    By The River ReviewBy the River is a very thorough emotional book written by the talented Steven Herrick The book consisting of many poems is a bildungsroman; traditionally a coming of age story The poems cleverly structured tell a clever narrative following Harry Hodby and his realisation of himself The read is characterised as rather simple but in contrast I would only recommend it to an age where they can understand some of the complex ideas in this story I would recommend it to ages over 12 and anyone older than that who is looking for a very metaphorical read about self realisation The book contains literal meaning along with a metaphorical meaning which makes the book fun to dissect and ponder upon However this does make some of the poems difficult to understand as they may not have a literal meaning The book starts off uite slowly and passive but as it moves on some parts become uite confronting and others stay slow Some of the poems have little obvious meaning which can easily make someone bored or move off the book After the horrible flood which destroyed parts of his town Harry mourns the loss of his close friend Linda who was killed in the flood As he discovers things that make him think deeply about his own place in the town and he faces a terrible decision; to move along and leave everything behind or stay and have his thoughts and past haunt him for the rest of his life The character development was extremely in depth and detailed The characters whom we were almost told to hate in the beginning were the ones that we could most understand The characters unfolded thought the story and gave us different perspectives on the story and the ideas of the book The characters were very relatable and brought us closer to the story The story well incorporates and surrounds the themes of self realisation friendship compassion and growth The themes were successful in developing both the storyline and the characters in a very absorbing way The characters were enveloped and grew in our minds through the use of creative language and descriptive sentences The book was consistent metaphorical and beautifully written It truly deserves praise


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14 year old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble but escaping the constraints and memories tha. Through emotional and vivid language Harry Hobby brings us into his life in dusty outback Australia Harry and his brother Keith spend their days fishing chasing butterflies in Cowpers paddock and hanging with Johnny Barlow the boy with the uickest fists in school Harry still mourns the loss of his friend Linda who was swept downstream by the flood He secretly visits her grave mourning her loss However Harry soon realises that he is not alone in his admiration for her finding a ring by her grave Wondering what life could be like Harry yearns to leave his town and venture out into the world But knowing those who leave never return he is reluctant With Linda's secret admirer lurking about and memories of his past haunting him Harry’s life becomes increasingly difficult He must make a decision; to leave his world behind or to stay by the river By the river is a heart warming story containing themes of love friendship conflict and romance I would recommend this book to young adolescents as the language used in the novel is directed at this audience Using a poetic format this is a breathtaking piece of literature which will inspire and capture the hearts of readers for generations to come By The River shows us what life can be like and how lucky we are to have what we have and to love who we love Understanding Soccer Tactics year old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble but escaping the constraints and memories tha. Through emotional and vivid language Harry Hobby brings us into his life in dusty outback Australia Harry and his brother Keith spend their days fishing chasing butterflies in Cowpers paddock and hanging with Johnny Barlow the boy with the uickest fists in school Harry still mourns the loss of his friend Linda who was swept downstream by the flood He secretly visits her grave mourning her loss However Harry soon realises that he is not alone in his admiration for her finding a ring by her grave Wondering what life could be like Harry Successful Intelligence yearns to leave his town and venture out into the world But knowing those who leave never return he is reluctant With Linda's secret admirer lurking about and memories of his past haunting him Harry’s life becomes increasingly difficult He must make a decision; to leave his world behind or to stay by the river By the river is a heart warming story containing themes of love friendship conflict and romance I would recommend this book to The Language of Thorns (Grishaverse, young adolescents as the language used in the novel is directed at this audience Using a poetic format this is a breathtaking piece of literature which will inspire and capture the hearts of readers for generations to come By The River shows us what life can be like and how lucky we are to have what we have and to love who we love

review ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Steven Herrick

T keep him trapped is not easy until it's a matter of life or death Written in verse this novel is about. I read it because it is one of my eldest sons texts for this year Interesting style of writing and good themes Great choice for an all boys school I knocked it off in one days readingI just reread it 6 months later as I am helping him with an essay and just had to add to my review bThere was so much to the poems stories I can't wait for him to come home so we can talk about it Also makes me growl that some people gave this a one star Not because of the rating that is their opinion but in their comments said they only skimmed it and that not much happened You can't skim read it In re reading this I think this boy went from significant grief and a pessimistic view of the world to 'moving on' and I had a sense of peace and optimism for his future The 7th Pan Book of Horror Stories (No. 7) year Interesting style of writing and good themes Great choice for an all boys school I knocked it off in one days readingI just reread it 6 months later as I am helping him with an essay and just had to add to my review bThere was so much to the poems stories I can't wait for him to come home so we can talk about it Also makes me growl that some people gave this a one star Not because of the rating that is their opinion but in their comments said they only skimmed it and that not much happened You can't skim read it In re reading this I think this boy went from significant grief and a pessimistic view of the world to 'moving on' and I had a sense of peace and optimism for his future

Steven Herrick ✓ 5 review

Growing up in a small country town It is about feeling the undercurrents and knowing when to make a lea. I was constantly drawn to the simple yet beautiful words and memories of Harry I bought this for a friend but will definitely be getting a copy of my own