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Over the River

Title

Over the River

Publisher

Holt & Company

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780805070491

Pages

228 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In 1947, after the war, Willa Mae's father returns to the Illinois town where she has lived with her maternal grandparents for the last five of her eleven years, and Willa Mae finds herself struggling to understand old family tensions and secrets.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

870L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Legal guardianship; Military families; grandparents raising grandchild; grandparents raising granddaughter; child living with grandparents; father in the military

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single father, grandmother, and grandfather

Awards

Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth, 2003
Booklist Top 10 Youth First Novels, 2003
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2004
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2003
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Friends of American Writers Juvenile Literature Award, 2003, Winner
Young People's Literature Award, 2003, Winner, Young People's Literature

Keywords

grandparents; Navy; secrets; Oklahoma; post-World War II; gravestone; resentment

Diversity Impact

direct

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