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Raft of Stars

Raft of Stars

A Novel

Book - 2021
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"An instant classic, for fans of Huckleberry Finn, Peace Like a River, and Jim the Boy: when two hardscrabble young boys think they've committed a crime, they flee into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it's too late?"--
Summer, 1994, Claypot, Wisconsin. Tired of seeing his best friend, Dale "Bread" Breadwin, bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, ten-year-old Fischer "Fish" Branson takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them. Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own.-- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780063031906
Branch Call Number: FIC GRAFF 2021
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 07, 2021

If you can call a multi-generational story “coming-of-age”, this is it. It’s not gentle, but engrossing. Suitable for teens through septuagenarians.

May 20, 2021

There were some pages of filler or psychology that I did not care about, but the adventure scenes were gripping.

Apr 17, 2021

Had this on hold and realized I had already read it! Very well-written and not a story I would normally read, but I am a sucker for Huck Finn!

Mar 29, 2021

A little slow at the start. More introspective than adventurous. A lot of time is spent inside the characters’ heads. But by the half way point both the pace and the action picked up and I was hooked. This book has 3 pairs of characters, and for some them the time spent in the wilderness during the crisis gives them a clearer picture of who they are and who they want to be. As a nature lover I enjoyed the Norther Wisconsin setting and the journey down the river. I enjoy stories that revolve around spunky kids, so I also liked the friendship and bond between young Fish and Bread. Good debut by this author. I look forward to future books by him.

DCLadults Mar 12, 2021

A New & Noteworthy staff pick 2021. An adventure story set in the wilds of Wisconsin as two young friends who believe they have killed an abusive father decide to raft downriver to safety. But it’s not safe at all. These two youngsters are fierce and true and I was rooting for them all along.


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