Reading List: River Magic


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Never have a read such a mysterious story of friendship mixed with a touch of intrigue. I am impressed with the way that this story was written. River Magic by  JM Brown is an amazing story about friendship and the modernization of machines. Here is a brief summary of the story.

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 Aimee and Brenda, fourteen-year-old orphans, meet up in an alternate history version of St. Louis, Missouri Territory in 1822.In this alternate history, slavery has been abolished in the United States shortly after the ratification of the Constitution in 1789. The Iroquois Nations fought on the side of the United States instead of the British during the revolution, and the Iroquois have maintained their independence and formed a strong alliance with the United States against the Indians of the western plains and the great powers of Europe who seek to reclaim North America. While seeking a lost letter, the girls get swept up in a conspiracy against the alliance between the United States and the Iroquois Confederacy.


I love the friendship between Aimee and Brenda. Even though they are from different races and from different backgrounds they find that together they can accomplish anything. I also love how the Indians are portrayed n this book. Too many times Native Americans are portrayed a blood hungry savages who would kill anything that crossed their path, but in this book this isn’t so. I loved the scene where Brenda is trying to kill one of the men who had a part in the brutal murders of her family, only to be stopped by they Indian Chief who says that first he must be judged then sentenced.

There was also a lot of technological advances in this book. Like for instance, the first blimp. I admit that I quickly read over that part because I do not like the mechanical parts of things. But that is just me, you might like it.

All in all I think this book was a good errand, I do not regret reading it all. If you are interested in purchasing this book you but it at Amazon.
River Magic won the GOLD First Place Award for best young adult novel of 2012 from the Maryland Writer’s Association.

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