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!DOWNLOAD EPUB ⚔ River Boy ⚔ She needed to swim To be deprived of swimming would be like a perverse kind of drowning She loved the sensation of power and speed, the feeling of glistening in a bed of foam Jess is a passionate distance swimmer, and has been looking for a unique water challenge to test her endurance But when her adored grandfather, an irascible artist, suffers a heart attack, she focuses all her energy on making him well Though weak and perhaps dying, her grandfather insists that the family still take their planned vacation a trip to the rural countryside where he spent his boyhood There, Jess finds a river that is perfect for swimming, the same river that is the inspiration for her grandfather s latest painting, titled River Boy As the shadowy image of a boy takes shape on her grandfather s canvas, Jess encounters her own river boy, a mysterious young man who seems to be able to swim as well as she does In discovering how the two river boys are related, Jess finds both the swimming challenge she has been searching for and a graceful way to cope with her grandfather s passing British author Tim Bowler gently illustrates the fear of a loved one s passing by using a river s timeless flow as a metaphor for the journey of life Teens will relate to Jess s frustration with her lack of control over her grandfather s situation, while being moved to a better understanding and acceptance of death River Boy is the winner of theCarnegie Medal for excellence in children s literature Agesand olderJennifer Hubert This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Kevin LeeMs.ElshoffDec 8 2015Literal elements River boy Story of River boy is about Jess and Jess grandpa s dream which is very touching Also these methods make this book intense and kept reader s focus The River Boy, by Tim Bowler, which genre is Bildungsroman, expertly engage the reader through the use of an interesting theme, extended metaphor, and foreshadowing to engage the reader First, the theme of River Boy is about people s life and death, and relationship This book tells vividly a Kevin LeeMs.ElshoffDec 8 2015Literal elements River boy Story of River boy is about Jess and Jess grandpa s dream which is very touching Also these methods make this book intense and kept reader s focus The River Boy, by Tim Bowler, which genre is Bildungsroman, expertly engage the reader through the use of an interesting theme, extended metaphor, and foreshadowing to engage the reader First, the theme of River Boy is about people s life and death, and relationship This book tells vividly about this theme For example, on page 214, There is a sentence, Just as Grandpa s was which tells about grandpa s life is same as river boy.Also There are lots of quotes that tell the relationship between grandpa and Jess dad When Jess dad was young, he thought that his father was not love him, however when grandpa s death is almost coming, Jess dad realize that his dad actually loved him but he didn t express him much These themes make reader s mood touching and good time to remind their parents Another way that author engage readers is using metaphor The River boy also has lots of metaphors which everything is fun and interesting Because this book is about river, there are lots of metaphor which describe river On page 68, The river s a beauty for swimming Alfred, who is a friend of Jess grandpa, is mentioned because he knew grandpa s past and grandpa was swimming in the river, where the good place to swim Also, on page 79, Jess and her family are enjoying the melody of water which refers the sound of river is flowed Those Metaphors in river boy capture reader s attention and make people not boring Lots of foreshadowing is mentioned in River boy, which make tension of book On page one, there is a sentence, It didn t start with river boy It is very unique, because most books are hardly saying about foreshadowing on first page Because of this, readers want to figure out what would happen and make them focus to read And on page 26, there is a quote which makes strong tension of the book The sentence is someone was near, someone is watching her She could feel it Those sentences bring curiosity and tension to reader and want them to make readThe River Boy by Tim Bowler, which genre is Bildungsroman, is a perfect book to read It captures reader s focus using by various kind of metaphor, main theme, and foreshadowing Every metaphor, foreshadowing, and main theme are interesting and enough to make reader to read with joy not boring.Word citedBowler, Tim River Boy New York Simon Pulse, 2002 Print Utterly underwhelming Jess s grandfather is dying and she meets this mysterious boy swimming about in this river He becomesandvisible as her grandfather s health fails while he paints a river All very metaphorical and everything isn t it Sigh Let s do this in list form.PROS of the book 1 Convincing aura of spirituality2 Themes run deeper than one thinksCONS of the book 1 Written very VERY prosaically2 Cripplingly obvious plot twists3 Utterly boring, half baked characters4 N Utterly underwhelming Jess s grandfather is dying and she meets this mysterious boy swimming about in this river He becomesandvisible as her grandfather s health fails while he paints a river All very metaphorical and everything isn t it Sigh Let s do this in list form.PROS of the book 1 Convincing aura of spirituality2 Themes run deeper than one thinksCONS of the book 1 Written very VERY prosaically2 Cripplingly obvious plot twists3 Utterly boring, half baked characters4 Nothing new in the themes or ideas Life and death, blah de blah.5 Everything is so OBVIOUS Let s take a river, the ultimate metaphor for passage of life, and make this spirit like boy clearer as her grandfather s life ebbs away It does make me feel like the author was desperate for everyone to understand this magnificent book, and thought us all lesser mortals a bit weak in the bean She knew what he was telling her and she didn t want to hear it She didn t want to think of change She wanted to think of everything being the same forever And even if some things did have to change, she didn t want them to change now Some other time, perhaps, when she was good and ready and able to accept them Death, in all its fine garments of inevitability and its utmost glory of indomitable composition, while often found repugnant to many and embraced by few, remains a labyrinthine reaShe knew what he was telling her and she didn t want to hear it She didn t want to think of change She wanted to think of everything being the same forever And even if some things did have to change, she didn t want them to change now Some other time, perhaps, when she was good and ready and able to accept them Death, in all its fine garments of inevitability and its utmost glory of indomitable composition, while often found repugnant to many and embraced by few, remains a labyrinthine reality of which there is no escape River Boy, in its illustrious descriptions of rivers, its memorable elaboration upon the measures one would take when it comes to ameliorating the doom brooding over the ones we love, and in its eventual culmination of greeting the concept one dreads the most, offers insight into a young girl s internal combat with her attachment to her grandfather as well as her yielding to the reality of his departure, coupled with her infatuation with a mystical boy whose belonging correlates with the river in which she extracts catharsis, and which invokes an epiphany within the artistic nature of her grandfather.In the vast expanse of literary work, this could provide an aggregate of people with a sense of relief that tends to often alleviate grief, the one that lingers in the farthest corners of one s psyche and requires a lighthearted, yet an even handed noble adjustment, approach to it With that being said, it is with tremendous misfortune that I say this book was not for me So as to eschew the misunderstanding, it is imperative to note that I do not hold this book at a loathsome pedestal as a matter of fact, it is with thorough comprehension that I was able to maintain the understanding as to why it would bestow profound meaning to the lives of other readers, mostly why it would occupy such an empathetic stature in the folds of their stories.In essential terms, the book s focal point encapsulates a heartfelt tale about a young girl coming to inevitable terms with not only the departure of her grandfather, but also the conceptualization of death in its encompassing nature Nonetheless, in ways often variegated from one another, that s all there is to it While elaborating on a matter that is, without a sliver of a doubt, poignant and distressing, the book lacks substance in all its other elemental features, for at intervals in which the writing style was deliberately integrated with an attribute of repetitive narration, at others it merely served a purpose of negligence and obstructed the, pun intended, flow of the story Onthan one occasion, the book found itself blabbering upon minute details which do not supplement any portion of contribution to the arc of the narrative in and of itself, all of which are plausibly efficient in detaching the reader from being extensively submerged into the stream of its thematic relations.The main character s, Jess, distinctive nature, while stupendous in her bondage with her grandfather, fell flat in an inestimable amount of occurrences, predominantly as I personally cannot employ an elaboration upon her character that would involve any feature proficiently adept in attributing her either a personality or an intrinsic essence other than the actuality of her penchant for swimming Her one dimensional characterization stood at opposing grounds with that of her grandfather, in which his was rather much profound that it barricaded the forthcoming buildup of Jess s character itself He was persistently portrayed in picturesque descriptions of natural sightings, his character tautly interlinked with a painting of which the entirety of the basis of his characterization is situated, and which, altogether, allocates him a sense of exclusivity to the predilections and disposition of his character s curvature composition Aside from those two, Jess s mother was merely a name, formulating a cardboard material accompanied by her otherwise vexed father.Additionally, the book fell victim to the detrimental case of show don t tell , in which it committed to the latter and left the former on the wayside for its constituents to be gnawed at by the detriments of ill structure The majority of the parts which were presumed to convey some sentimentality to the reader were informed to them instead of sketched within an illustrative figure, purloining, in turn, the imaginative capacity of the reader himself It felt as though the author was attempting through desperate and urgent methods to communicate his point in a matter verging on the periphery of profusion and overabundance, in which the readers were robbed of the opportunity to conjure their own cognitive illustration of the thematic compositions due to the superfluity of exhaustive description of the elements sustaining their own set of metaphorical aura as a substitution for the images portrayed I was rather fond of what the River Boy stood for, but the author kept importuning the reader with superfluous attempts to jog their remembrance of his bearing semblance to the grandfather over and over and over again that it was eventually reduced into an atom of negligent essentiality I m not extensively ignorant of the actuality of its being a middle grade book, and that it is originally intended for the absorption and consumption of young readers, but it is with immense gratification and indulgence that I proclaim that young readers are not mere imbeciles who cannot subtract the crucial profundity within a book through the symbolic elements of it in other words, they can efficiently pinpoint the allegories implemented if the aforementioned representations are delivered in utmost clarity Therefore, the River Boy was delivered well, perfectly well, in fact, that I personally did not find it arduous to become cognizant of its underlying conveyance, but to keep pushing the notion sort of eroded its own significance and substantial quality.To say the least, the book merely found scarcity in the subtlety that accompanies the deliverance of the notion and consensus of coming to terms with the impending menace and unwarranted alterations of death, and for it to be nailed time and again within the desk of ideological transference further reinforces the author s impeding of the narrative itself and imposing his own set of notions to it Had it not been hauled with the author s intent persistence that one fully becomes cognizant of his own idea, the percipience and altruistic insight of the novel would have invoked its own profound impact, as the reader would be putting the pieces of the concept of death along with Jess s trials of her own apprehension, instead of grasping its meaning before she does.With that being elucidated upon, it goes without a shadow of a doubt that I appreciate the premise of the book It is within my deep rooted belief that it had, at one point, resonated with me, as I m still trying to decipher the complexity of death s own constitution, as it allows the reader to understand that death is not constantly a means through which termination is met, but could also be an introductory access point to a new beginning This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There is a book that reminds readers about grandpa every time we read it The book is called River Boy by Tim Bowler In this novel, the author expertly engages the reader through the use of interesting chapter breaks, words that explain situation, and foreshadowing, which occur throughout the story.This book has interesting chapter breaks where the author breaks chapter at the moment where readers would wonder what will happen on the next chapter.For example, on last sentence of chapter 4 Gra There is a book that reminds readers about grandpa every time we read it The book is called River Boy by Tim Bowler In this novel, the author expertly engages the reader through the use of interesting chapter breaks, words that explain situation, and foreshadowing, which occur throughout the story.This book has interesting chapter breaks where the author breaks chapter at the moment where readers would wonder what will happen on the next chapter.For example, on last sentence of chapter 4 Grandpa has another heart attack and clap s a hand to his chest 59 makes reader to wonder what will happen on the next chapter For another example, on the last part of the chapter 12 where it says Then, to her surprise, she heard quiet voice behind her Why are you crying 148 Bowler This also makes reader to wonder who is talking to Jess also what will happen on the next chapter These chapter breaks make readers to wonder what will happen in the next chapter.The author chose interesting words to explain the situation which makes readers to feelrealistic For example, the part where Jess tries to find who is looking at her, She whirled around, her eyes darting over the river, the banks, the lane, 45 makes readers to imagine Jess face expression when she is trying to find someone who is looking at her For another example, the parts that explain how Jess feels when she had not heard the voice of River Boy but then the racing waters and her own sorrows had so overwhelmed her, she had known little else She felt a rush of embarrassment at being so unprepared, 149 makes readers to feel as same as how Jess feels The author have chosen interesting words to explain the situationeffectively.This book also has an interesting foreshadowing This book makes readers to guess what would those sentence mean For example, on the part where Jess arrived at the sea after a long swimming, The day was almost done, and she knew her journey was over Just as Grandpa s was, too 214 shows that after Jess and River Boy finally got to the sea but, River Boy disappear So we could think that grandpa would die after he accomplished his dream of swimming all the way through the river to the sea by River Boy This is the strongest foreshadowing throughout the story Even it is just a one sentence, it is the most important sentence in the story River Boy by Tim Bowler, expertly engages the reader through the use of interesting chapter breaks, metaphors, and allusion, which occur throughout the story This story could be the most influential story in life It has great story and a lot of different lessons.Bowler, Tim River Boy New York Oxford UP, 1997 Print There are no endings to anything, like happily ever after is still a going on thing, an end is just a period to end the sentence to start a new one The book River Boy by Tim Bowler is about how an end can be a start to anyone, even if you die and end your life, but story about you would still continue People would still have memory about you, the traces of you all around the world would still be there, your achievement, and your dream, would still exist in the world no matter if you still There are no endings to anything, like happily ever after is still a going on thing, an end is just a period to end the sentence to start a new one The book River Boy by Tim Bowler is about how an end can be a start to anyone, even if you die and end your life, but story about you would still continue People would still have memory about you, the traces of you all around the world would still be there, your achievement, and your dream, would still exist in the world no matter if you still exist or not This book is about a new start after the end, how everything would still go on even after everything ended This book is about a girl who is on her blooming youth and her grandfather who is standing on the life of cliff, going to a trip together The girl who s flower is just about to be in blossom, and her grandfather who s flower is about to fade away, together their emotion get entangled over her grandfather s dream in his youth, the River Boy River Boy was a book that took me to a flashback trip to the start of my life, and compare myself back then with myself who currently exist now, how I changed according to what my dream was My dream was used to be an artist when I was a tiny little girl, but now I want to be a veterinarian However, artist is still my dream as well because it was something I wanted to be when I was young, it was still a dream by me It has not ended, and I just started a new sentence, without knowing if I wrote a comma or period on the last one or not I can not know if I would go back to it or not, but one thing that I am very sure is that, it would still be going on I read this book a number of years ago and was reminded of it today as I drove along a road which follows the river Usk As I gazed at the river I experienced my usual longing to be in the water swimming I have only once actually tried swimming in a river and I remember how this book drew me in with its tale of a young girl who finds it perfectly natural to swim in rivers and who is well equipped to do so.The general storyline is lovely, very real and believable and the surreal supernatural ele I read this book a number of years ago and was reminded of it today as I drove along a road which follows the river Usk As I gazed at the river I experienced my usual longing to be in the water swimming I have only once actually tried swimming in a river and I remember how this book drew me in with its tale of a young girl who finds it perfectly natural to swim in rivers and who is well equipped to do so.The general storyline is lovely, very real and believable and the surreal supernatural elements slide in among the mundanities with the ease I would like to be able to slide into river water.The book flows and as Jess follows her river, we follow a river of narrative as cool and exhilarating as the wild water and share her journey of discovery This is one of those children s books that are probably even better read as an adult to fully comprehend the layers and nuances as well as for the simple enjoyment of a story well told A lot of my friends say this is a boring book, but I absolutely disagree.This is a beautiful story I was touched by Jess s love for her grandpa and her willingness to help him fulfill his wish view spoiler The last chapters made my heart ache I have lost loved ones in my life before, and I know how hard it is to let go and move on, so I can totally relate to Jess hide spoiler This is an exceptionally good book Five stars A lot of my friends say this is a boring book, but I absolutely disagree.This is a beautiful story I was touched by Jess s love for her grandpa and her willingness to help him fulfill his wish view spoiler The last chapters made my heart ache I have lost loved ones in my life before, and I know how hard it is to let go and move on, so I can totally relate to Jess hide spoiler This is an exceptionally good book Five stars I just re read this, after a gap of a couple of years The aura of the book had lingered with me in a way that few books do I still find it extraordinary, and completely worthy of the plaudits it has won This time round I tried to concentrate on the way it was constructed Tim Bowler weaves a completely satisfying mesh between the river and the oft repeated description that it flows all the way to the sea , Jess the agile swimmmer her artist grandfather, and the mysterious river boy who mov I just re read this, after a gap of a couple of years The aura of the book had lingered with me in a way that few books do I still find it extraordinary, and completely worthy of the plaudits it has won This time round I tried to concentrate on the way it was constructed Tim Bowler weaves a completely satisfying mesh between the river and the oft repeated description that it flows all the way to the sea , Jess the agile swimmmer her artist grandfather, and the mysterious river boy who moves between the darkness of the river and the grandfather s eponymous last painting As Jess and her grandfather come to terms with his imminent death, they struggle to complete the painting together, while Jess struggles to help the river boy complete his journey to the sea Bowler s writing makes these leaps between the real and the imagined utterly believable, by layering on connection bit by bit It is full of pathos and hope It made me cry all over again Just brilliant All about a girl coming to terms with her Grandpa dying Amazing approach to death for children and young adolescents And if you teach English, it is full of some wonderful phrases and similes that jump out of the page at you