By the River by Steven Herrick

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Harry Hodby lives in a sleepy town on the bend of a sluggish river in Australia. Harry spends most of his time swimming in Pearce Swamp, eating watermelon with his brother and dad, escaping schoolyard bullies, being in love with the secretary, and racing through butterflies in Cowpers Paddock. But life in this small river town isn't always easy. Harry's mother died when he was seven, and his friend Linda was swept away in a flood. Harry yearns to leave town even though he knows that people who get away never come back. His father has told him how to get out of town, but there's a mystery that he needs to solve before he can go...
A deeply atmospheric story in verse about the tough and tender sides of growing up in a small country town.
 

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Steven Herrick is one of Australia's most popular poets. He has been short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award on six occasions and he has twice won prizes in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. His other books for teens include Kissing Annabel; Love, Ghosts, & Facial Hair; A Place Like This, and Slice.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Allen & Unwin. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Facing his own future, Harry realizes people like his Mum, Linda and Miss Spencer who leave town, don’t come back, while those who stay, like Dad, “live quiet, steady lives of half memory.” Harry’s own life moves slowly like the river, unfolding in flowing images of exquisite prose verse.

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