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 Big River's Daughter
 Author: Miller, Bobbi

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 200 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 644466 ISBN: 9780823427529
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Laffite, Jean -- Fiction
 Fink, Mike, -- 1770-1823? -- Fiction
 River boats -- Fiction
 Pirates -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Christmas, Annie (Legendary character) -- Fiction
 Buried treasure -- Fiction
 New Madrid Earthquakes, 1811-1812 -- Fiction
 Mississippi River -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

When River Fillian's powerful father, a pirate on a Mississippi keeler, disappears after a horrific earthquake in 1811, she must challenge the infamous rivals who hope to claim his territory and find her own place in the new order.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 157892
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 60397

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (03/15/13)
   School Library Journal (06/01/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2013 Gr 5–9—Life on the great Mississippi in 1811 is stomping hard and full of rough-and-tumble, but, for the river rats eking out a living, it's also full of possibility. Aptly named River Fillian is just as scrappy as they come. Raised by her father, a keelboat captain and the river pirate king, she has spent her whole life on the Mississipp. After she overhears his plans to recover Blackbeard's treasure, an earthquake hits, and her beloved Da is killed, leaving her with a spyglass that he handcrafted. Joining forces with tall-tale legends Annie Christmas and Mike Fink, River must outsmart the notorious pirate brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte and their plan to overtake business on the river while maybe finding a little treasure along the way. This highly enjoyable, fast-paced adventure captures the flavor of river life and the diversity of New Orleans. The ending's abruptness is a bit disappointing, but is somewhat atoned for in the epilogue. The author's note is incredible in its thoroughness, including information on characters and events mostly based on reality. Miller weaves numerous individuals and historical events into a cohesive tale that captures the American spirit through the eyes of a likable and spunky heroine. She is also spot-on with colloquialisms, providing the book with its unique voice. Truly, this tale would not have been so interesting without River's distinctive dialect and penchant for storytelling.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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