River Rats by Caroline Stevermer

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A paddle wheeler cruises up the Mississippi, delivering mail and hosting an occasional concert. A scene straight out of the nineteenth century? Not quite. This Mississippi is a toxic brown river. And the paddle wheeler is run by the River Rats, a troop of orphans who survived the Flash--a nuclear holocaust. What were once huge cities are now plague-ridden ruins, haunted by gangs of savage children. And the concerts the Rats play are post-apocalyptic rock and roll, a music as rough and ragged as the musicians who perform it. When the Rats rescue a stranger from the river, suddenly all the troubles of the old world threaten to end their travels forever. “This adventure is too good to miss.”--Booklist

About Caroline Stevermer

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CAROLINE STEVERMER has written several books for adults and one other fantasy novel for young readers, River Rats. Ms. Stevermer also lives in Minneapolis.
Published October 1, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Some years after ``The Flash'' and a subsequent round of devastating plagues, six orphans convert an old floating museum into a working steamer and set up a regular route to deliver news, mail, and cargo to the few isolated settlements left along the river.

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Calling to mind such widely disparate writers as Mark Twain, Andre Norton and Peter Dickinson, Stevermer ( The Serpent's Egg ) paints a realistic ruin of society.

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"Once a Rat, always a Rat," Jake said.

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