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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Winifred Press; 3 edition (26 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985451742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985451745
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,635,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jericho River is a delightful, mystical romp through World History. Beginning with ancient Sumer and progressing rapidly to modern times, it is a useful gateway book which ... should encourage [young readers] to look deeper into the past and ultimately to assume the challenges of more traditional sources. The regular inclusions of excerpts from the lectures of William Gallo add to this appeal and are stimulating and thought provoking. ... [A] valuable tool for teachers and students in their continuing quest to study the past. — Philip Bigler, 1998 National Teacher of the Year

An inherently fascinating and absorbing novel … [H]ighly recommended. — Midwest Book Review

The cast of characters in The Jericho River is huge, the canvas of history is enormous and the tale telling is ambitious. Many young people and adults would gain a great deal from reading Jericho River. The lecture notes interspersed throughout the text are very enjoyable and hold many nuggets of really entertaining and thought-provoking facts and opinions. Discourses range from thoughts on cherubs and bare back riding in the Bronze Age to the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism in the Dark Ages. It all seems to hang together and the wide range of ideas seem to sit happily side by side in this erudite and entertaining work. — Graham Peacock, M.Ed, Principal Lecturer in Education, Sheffield Hallam University; author of The Oxford Primary Science Dictionary, Primary Science, and other works

Wow. Just, wow. — Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, 5-star review

With historical excerpts woven throughout this story of myths and fantasy, I was intrigued from the beginning to the end. I wanted to go trekking along with Jason Gallo on his marvelous adventures as he met interesting characters along the way while also learning more about his father and himself. Hence, not only was this book wonderfully entertaining it was also a fabulous way to interest young people to learn more about the past, present, and possibly the future. — Merwyden Suluai, 2010 American Samoa Teacher of the Year; Master Teacher Trainer, University of Hawaii

I was learning new information and being thoroughly entertained with the action all at the same time. … The historical situations were so engaging and action-packed, I would have enjoyed even more of this book; it was very well written and enjoyable. — ZoeDessoye1, teen blogger at LitPick.com

The Jericho River is an intriguing and fun way to learn history. Historical novels have often been a vehicle for this, but often they distort history. On the other hand, The Jericho River is a carefully researched and very accurate journey through Western Civilization that will appeal not only to the teenage audience but to adults as well. You can trust the accuracy of detail and depth of interpretation, and at the same time you learn history in an exciting manner and with an entertaining read. — Robert J. Littman, M.Litt., Ph.D., Professor of Classics, University of Hawaii; author of The Greek Experiment and other works

[Tollen] weaves historical information into this fast paced adventure, making learning about history fun for any reader. As an educator, I recommend The Jericho River for anyone looking to enhance an ancient civilization curriculum. — Pamela Pizzimenti, teacher and author of The River Whispers

About the Author

David W. Tollen is a multiple award-winning author. He is passionate about history and fantasy and loves writing imaginative stories that spread knowledge of the past. David earned his B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley and went on to earn law degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard Law School. He lives in Northern California with his wife, a teacher, and their two sons. For more information, please visit www.DavidTollen.com.

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3.0 out of 5 starsGood for learning, not so great as literature
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat story, highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 starsExcellent intro to history & myth for YA
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