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Red River Raging

by Penny Draper

Red River Raging


 2014 Gold Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award



Gold medal winner of the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award in Pre-Teen Fiction - General



 13-year-old Finn Armstrong, exiled to his grandmother's farm in southern Manitoba, winds up fighting the Red River flood of 1997 – the biggest flood in over 170 years.

Finn is furious when his parents take off on another scientific mission to the other side of the world, and he has to stay with his grandmother on her farm. Not only are the kids at school less than welcoming, he also has to deal with his cantankerous great-grandfather who doesn't seem to want him around.

The Red River flowing by their property is the only thing that provides him peace – and a weird friend, the mysterious Angus, who teaches him to fish. But the river isn't always so placid – it's flooded before, and as the spring of 1997 arrives, it threatens to do so again.

As the floodwaters rise, Finn must work with his family and the community to face a monstrous adversary. Will the river once more endanger everyone's homes and livelihood? Can the challenge of fighting it bring the family closer together at last? And just who is Angus and what's his link to the river?



5.25" x 7.5" 168 pages
10.95 CDN; 10.95 USD
E-Book Price
Juvenile Novel Tradepaper 9+
Penny Draper
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About the Author

Penny is an author, a bookseller, and a storyteller who lives in Victoria, BC. Originally from Toronto, she received a degree in Literature from Trinity College, University of Toronto and on the side, attended the Storytellers' School of Toronto.

For many years, Penny shared tales as a professional storyteller at schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, and on radio and television. She has told stories in an Arabian harem and from inside a bear's belly – but that is a story in itself.

Penny Draper's first juvenile fiction novel, Terror at Turtle Mountain, was a finalist for the Silver Birch Young Reader's Choice Award in Ontario, as well as the Diamond Willow Award, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and Book of the Year for the ForeWord Magazine Awards in the USA. It is part of Coteau Books for Kids Disaster Strikes! Series. The series also includes Penny's second book, Peril at Pier Nine, also a finalist for the Silver Birch Young Reader's Choice Award, Graveyard of the Sea, winner of the Bolen Book Prize and a Moonbeam Children's Award, and her latest A Terrible Roar of Water.

From the author:

I have always loved sharing stories. When I was out with my children, driving in the car or waiting in the grocery store lineup, there wasn't always a book handy so I started to tell stories without a book. I told lots and lots of stories until my brain filled up and there was no more room. That's when I started to write my stories down; I needed to make room in my head!

I first heard the true tale of the disaster at Turtle Mountain from another storyteller and I wanted to learn more about this piece of Canadian history. The research led me to visit the Frank Slide, which is an awe-inspiring place. The huge limestone boulders still lay where they fell over a hundred years ago and to this day hardly any trees or plants grow there. I couldn't help but wonder how terrifying it must have been to be living in Frank that night so I created Nathalie, my heroine. By writing Nathalie's story, I could see the slide through her eyes. That led me to other disasters in other parts of Canada, and other characters like Jack and Nell who also had stories to tell. Sometimes my children call me the "Disaster Queen." They say that's an entirely appropriate description of me.



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