Book: River Adventure - Mystery, Fun and Magic on the Big River by Jane Johnsoncategories: Book, Mystery, Adventure, Magic, Mississippi River, Preteen Fiction, Nature Lore, Interracial Friendship, Children's Book
Jane Johnsonabout this book: Daisy Clover, a 12-year old orphan whose parents were killed in a steamboat accident on the Mississippi River, tells the story. A bit of an outcast and daredevil, Daisy is nicknamed River Rat by the kids at school. Daisy becomes friends with Linc, a Negro boy from the marshes, who's quick thinking and intelligence saves them from disaster. Daisy and Linc witness a shooting, receive a magic whistle and escape a series of exciting adventures all while helping the sheriff catch a gang of thugs terrorizing the river folks. This fun mystery will keep readers on the edge of their seats as Daisy and Linc use the magic whistle to save their lives. The book includes Mississippi River and Missouri history, Steamboats, The Army Corp of Engineers and the building of the dams that tamed the Mighty Mississippi River. River Adventure is a story based on my life growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River, with some added adventure thrown in just for fun. I've been a Girl Scout leader for many years and enjoy entertaining my girls with stories from my childhood.
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