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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Revised edition (June 7 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142404349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142404348
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #723,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I knelt in the snow in front of my great-great-great-great-grandfather's gravestone, took my bristle brush and cleaned the surface, working the bristles deep into each engraved letter. Read the first page
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By A Customer on Nov. 9 2003
Format: Paperback
This was definitely one of the greatest books that I've ever read. If you're a female looking for a good read check out Backwater about a girl trying desperately to get her father to understand that she's not just like the rest of her family. On a trip to meet her hermit aunt she ends up learning important life lessons about herself!
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By Jessling on July 24 2003
Format: Paperback
While reading Backwater, I couldn't put it down. It kept me entertained, and also gave a special lesson to what is important in life.
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By A Customer on Nov. 15 2002
Format: Paperback
This moving adventurous book is about a girl seaking for the missing link in there family. Ivy loves history but is brought up in a family of lawers. Ivy is working on a family history project. She tells her family that she is going to find her missing anut. No one takes her seriouy but her dad decides to let her go anyways. Ivy goes on an adventure to find her anut with a crazy moutain guide. This book has a great adventure stroy line to it but also tells you the real meaning of what family can mean to someone.
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By G. Guzman on Nov. 13 2002
Format: Hardcover
Usually I'm a fan of Joan Bauer books. But this one I couldn't even force myself to finish. It wasn't the story itself--at least, I don't think. The grammar was absolutely horrendous. I don't know if this book skipped the editor and they had a fourth grader type it, but there were mistakes on every page. I found it so frustrating I only made it halfway through.
If you can stand the grammatical errors, you may enjoy this book--Joan Bauer has proven herself to be a good writer in the past. But the difficulty reading this book overpowers the story that may be there.
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This book is one of the best books I've ever read! It's about a 16 year old girl named Ivy Breedlove. Stuck in a family of lawyers Ivy feels like a goldfish in a tank full of snapping turtles. Ivy hates the idea of studying law and would like to be a historn to study, learn, and revile the past. Ivy has 6 monthes to work on a family project, just in time for her Great Anut Tib's birhtday. She used to be working on this with her Great Anut Tib but than Tib's eye sight got bad and it was up to Ivy. Ivy knew that there was so much to go...
collecting more stories
more photos to look at and...
finding out more about the Anut no one will talk about. Ivy REALLY needs to find this anut and isn't going to stop till she does. This all leads to her going up a tall mountain with her father telling her to stop. Ivy has one of the best wildreness in town giving Ivy a discount if her story of finding her anut could be used in a book she wants to become a best seller. When Ivy arrives she has 3 days to find out about her anut, 3 days to figure it out, 3 days to unrivile the mystery. Than there's the accident...
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By A Customer on March 24 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is about this girl who wants to find her aunt that no one talks about. It has a great thrill to it. Ivy who is in a mountain with her aunt who has about 1,000 birds and dosent talk.
If you are looking at this write now dont just read, go read the book!! you should read it its a thriller! book or m
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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2002
Format: Paperback
Ivy's living in a family full of lawyers, and they all want her to become a lawyer too. She doesn't want that. She wants to become a historian. She's making a family tree of the Breedlove family and she finds a missing aunt, Josephine. Nobody in her family will talk about Josephine except for Tib. Her whole family says that Jo is "stuck in the Backwater." Ivy wants to talk to her aunt so she goes on a hunt into the mountains to find her with some help from Mountain Mama. It's a very good story and it has humor, adventure, and a little romance. Joan Bauer writes another great story!!!
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I bought this book for my 10-year-old son after he enjoyed another Joan Bauer book, Hope Was Here. Backwater is a wonderful story of a girl, Ivy, who is sensitive and does not fit in with her family of aggressive lawyers.
Ivy is looking into her family history when she finds that her aunt Josephine is a hermit up in the mountains. The more Ivy learns about her aunt, the more she recognizes that they are kindred spirtits, and Ivy sets out to find her aunt. Ivy finds a wilderness guide to lead her to Josephine.
Joan Bauer shows a marvelous understanding of the sensitive soul of Josephine. Along the way, Ivy finds strength in herself that she never knew existed, and this strength helps transform her entire family.
Backwater teaches the importance of finding your own talents and celebrating them. I am a practicing psychologist, and I will be recommending this book to my patients from 10 years through adulthood.
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