This book is by an Arkansas author and is the author that I heard speak last week. I thought this novel was well told and had great character development. If you don't have any prior knowledge of "river rats" or life living on the river, you will after reading this book. You will feel yourself pulling for the main character, Kizzy, and admire her determination. My only "issue" with the book is that I would necessarily label it a WWII novel. The setting is during WWII time, but at the heart of it, it is the story of a young girl growing up in poverty as a river rat on the river. It is definitely worth your time to read and I think if you are from Arkansas or the South, you might even enjoy it more. It was neat to see my hometown of Newport mentioned and the White River Monster that we all grew up looking for every time we crossed the White River Bridge.
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