My Name is River

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Pub Date 6 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 18 Oct 2021

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‘Wow! What a book! It’s riveting, it’s moving, it’s topical, it’s superb! … superb writing, brilliant characters, a glorious adventure and the warmest of heart. Amazing!’ Malachy Doyle

Dylan’s mum thinks he’s with his friends on a residential geography trip. His geography teacher thinks he’s at home with flu. In fact, Dylan is 33,000 feet above the ocean on his way to Brazil…

When Dylan overhears his dad say that their farm has been sold to a global pharmaceutical company, he decides he has to make them change their minds. In Brazil, things don’t go at all to plan. Only when Lucia – a street child armed with a puppy and a thesaurus – saves his life, do they start to uncover the shocking truth about what the company is up to, and Dylan’s home problems suddenly seem dangerously far away.

‘Wow! What a book! It’s riveting, it’s moving, it’s topical, it’s superb! … superb writing, brilliant characters, a glorious adventure and the warmest of heart. Amazing!’ Malachy Doyle

Dylan’s mum...


A Note From the Publisher

Emma Rea is an author, reviewer and proof reader. She is the author of middle-grade novels Top Dog (Gomer 2014) which was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, and My Name is River, publishing in June with Firefly Press. She lives in London and regularly visits mid-Wales where she used to live. Follow Emma on Twitter @emmarea8

Emma Rea is an author, reviewer and proof reader. She is the author of middle-grade novels Top Dog (Gomer 2014) which was shortlisted for the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, and My Name is...


Advance Praise

‘Wow! What a book! It’s riveting, it’s moving, it’s topical, it’s superb! … superb writing, brilliant characters, a glorious adventure and the warmest of heart. Amazing!’ Malachy Doyle

‘Emma Rea has written a beautifully researched adventure which encompasses the Welsh countryside and the Amazon. The unfolding friendship between Welsh Dylan and Brazilian Lucia is fabulous, and the clever plot sweeps along like a boat in a current.’ Sue Wallman

‘Wow! What a book! It’s riveting, it’s moving, it’s topical, it’s superb! … superb writing, brilliant characters, a glorious adventure and the warmest of heart. Amazing!’ Malachy Doyle

‘Emma Rea has...


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Dylan loves the family farm, helping on the land and planning to train his sheepdog puppy Megs to become a champion. His dreams are shattered however when his parents’ near certain deal to buy the farm is overturned by a better offer from a multi-national company who want to grow moss on the land. Furthermore, his classmate Floyd’s dad is a scientist with the company, but when he tries to talk him about it, he discovers that both he and Floyd’s younger brother have failed to return from a trip to Brazil, and that there has been no contact from them. Despite not being particularly good friends, they devise a plan to fly to Salvador and bring back Floyd’s brother, and are plunged into a dangerous adventure in the heart of the Amazon, unsure of who to trust.
This is a very mature and timely novel for young readers, encompassing a range of important issues that chime with adults and children alike. Dylan and Floyd are entangled in an unfamiliar world where human life and environmental destruction are secondary to corporate greed and individual ambition, and companies with commendable ideals are too big to control what is happening at grass roots level. Poverty and social injustice are brought into sharp focus by Dylan’s encounter with a group of street children and the determined and resourceful Lucia, who has taught herself English from a thesaurus, and whose fierce love for her abducted puppy drives her to help him. The main characters are propelled into action by compassion for animals and other people, loyalty and the compulsion to do what they believe to be right.
This is an absorbing, thought-provoking novel and a thrilling and satisfying adventure story.

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