Where the River Takes Us

Where the River Takes Us

Lesley Parr
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An action-packed historical adventure for 8+

Young readers will be transported by this thrilling story about the power of friendship.


Lesley Parr is a fantastic writer of historical fiction for kids. Her latest book takes us back to the 1970s, where we meet a brilliant cast of relatable characters living in the Welsh Valleys. We were gripped from start to finish.

~Sarah

Jason lives with his big brother, Richie, trying their best to make ends meet so they can stay together. They've got supportive neighbours and some great friends, but there's always the threat that someone will think they can't manage on their own since their parents died. It's February 1974 and working-class families have been hit hard by the three-day week. The reduced power usage means less work, and less money to get by on. Richie is doing his best, but to make enough money, he's been doing favours for the wrong people.

An urban legend about a beast in the valleys catches Jason's eye in the local paper. A wild cat is said to roam the forest, far up the river from their bridge. A reward is offered for proof of The Beast's existence. Jason's friends are desperate to help him, and they convince him that this is the answer to his and Richie's money problems.

And so a quest begins. Four best friends soon find themselves on a journey that will change each of them . forever.

Lesley Parr grew up in South Wales and now lives in England with her husband. Apart from books, rugby union is her favourite thing in the world, especially if Wales is winning.

Number of pages: 320
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 16th March 2023
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781526647771
Format: Paperback

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