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Big River's Daughter by Bobbi Miller
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Big River's Daughter

by Bobbi Miller

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Bobbi Miller’s picture books have created an imaginative, fun-filled, tall-tale world for young children. Now comes a yarn certain to hook middle grade and young adult readers. From page one, BIG RIVER’S DAUGHTER picks you up and sets you down in the midst of the “muddiest, crookedest” Mississippi River of the early 1800s, complete with (as Miller explains in her end notes) language that “is a teetotaciously splendiferous reflection of a wild frontier life too big for mere words to capture.”

River (the main character) has been brought up by her father as a “river rat,” steering clear of civilization, loving life on the Mississip—a piece of unpredictable wilderness just as untamed as they are. They and the crew are at home here. But on the day the story begins, “Something’s astir.” The opening is based on a series of real earthquakes that shook the Mississippi River basin from 1811 until 1812. Miller plunges the reader into the awful reality of those quakes.

Despite devastating damage and loss, River is a survivor and goes on to have adventures that make us laugh, cower, hold our breath, and sigh with relief, often within the same chapter! After all, “that’s how fast change comes on the big river.”

And, oh yes, a tiger joins the list of fantabulous characters.

So, “get your wiggle on” and dive into the Mississip with River and her gang. Who-op!

Note: While this story will make you holler with laughter or feel like dancing a jig at times, please be advised that it does also contain violence not appropriate for younger readers. ( )
  DonnaMarieMerritt | Jul 8, 2013 |
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Who-op! What a wild ride down the great Mississippi with a terrific new heroine- River Fillian. Her father is known as the River King but after a huge earthquake he goes missing and Little River must rely on her friends, her brains and her talent for knowing the river to get her out of a heap o' trouble. Famous historic figures like Mike Fink and the pirate Jean Laffite grace this tale along with a cast of every kind of character you can imagine. Written in true river slang, Big River's Daughter is a breathless cover to cover delight. I haven't enjoyed a tale like this and wanted the instant sequel since the tales of Jacky Faber, girl pirate. Bobbi Miller has a gift for channeling the mighty Mark Twain and anyone who enjoyed the exploits of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer will fly through Big River's Daughter. Earthquakes, villains, pirates and arm-wrestling river queens will make you wish the book was longer. Did I mention there is a tiger! ( )
  ltcl | Apr 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823427528, Hardcover)

Raised by her pirate father on a Mississippi keeler, River is a half-feral river rat and proud of it. When her powerful father disappears in the great earthquake of 1811, she is on the run from buccaneers, including Jean Laffite, who hope to claim her father's territory and his buried treasure. But the ruthless rivals do not count on getting a run for their money from a plucky slip of a girl determined to find her place in the new order.

Filled with down-home humor, raucous hijinks, and one-of-a-kind characters, this historical novel captures the Mississippi River at a time when its denizens were as untamed as its waters.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:44 -0400)

When River Fillian's powerful father, a pirate on a Mississippi keeler, disappears after a horrific earthquake in 1811, she must challenge the infamous rivals who hope to claim his territory and find her own place in the new order. Includes historical notes.… (more)

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