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One More River [Paperback]

Lynne Reid Banks
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April 1 1996 An Avon Flare Book
Struggling to adapt to life on a border kibbutz in Israel, Lesley reluctantly trades in her past world of trendy clothes and school popularity for manual work, unisex sleeping quarters, and a devastating war. Reissue. SLJ. PW.

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Grade 6-9-- Banks has completely rewritten her 1973 novel (S. & S.; o.p.), tightening the narrative, making the descriptive passages and dialogue more accessible for today's readers, and removing some racist expressions, as well as references to smoking marijuana. The basic plot remains the same: spoiled, rich Lesley, 14, moves with her parents from Canada to an Israeli kibbutz because her father feels that the family has lost any sense of what it means to be Jewish. They leave behind Lesley's brother Noah, a family outcast because he has not only married his Catholic girlfriend, with whom he has been sexually active, but also because he has converted to her religion. A large part of the novel--set during the days before, during, and after the 1967 Six-Day War--chronicles Lesley's gradual, difficult adjustment, and her growing friendship from afar with Mustapha, an Arab boy. The story is fleshed out with numerous details about kibbutz life, farming, and military maneuvers, which bring a sense of realism. The style is more polished, with the characters' actions, rather than the author's voice, revealing motivation. Some Hebrew and Yiddish words are transliterated more accurately, and Lesley now speaks to Mustapha in his language, thanks to her Arabic lessons, which lends a greater air of authenticity. The glossary is more comprehensive, but readers won't need to refer to it often. A map is a welcome new addition. Where the first edition is popular, purchase of this one is recommended; libraries needing additional historical fiction will want to consider it as well. Its theme of peace is as timely today as when it was first published. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The author writes with a subtle blend of emotional honesty and eloquent restraint." The Guardian" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two People One World Jan. 5 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book "One More River" by Lynne Reid Banks is a wonderful story, which shows the hardships of an underprivilished life in Israel. Lesley, a rich Canadian Jewish girl leaves her prosperous life to move to Israel with her parents. She discovers herself through a hard life in a kibbutz, learning a new language and finding her stature in a new society. She struggles through a difficult ethnic war which although brings many deaths, unites her family. As she learns the do's and don'ts of a new life she finds a secret friend who in his own way helps her to fit in to this new place. I would recommend this book because the author has an amazing writing style and it gives you an inside peek of a different society. Her character is recognizable to teenagers because of the hardships of growing up. In her writing you can see the story unfold before you, alomost as if you were watching a movie. For instance when she lost her shoe in her initiation, you could experience the drama and feel her quick heartbeat as she decided what to do. The characters feelings and emotions are obvious to you and it's almost as if you become the character. When she received the news that she had to leave Canada it was obvious that she was scared, hurt and angry about the decision being made without her input. Some people might think that this book has a slow plot because there isn't any fighting or battle scenes. However the emotions that Lesley went through as the war started and the news of victories and deaths is very captivating. The story quickly captivates you and sends you to Israel. This book proves that growing up is an adventure in itself and that no matter where you go people are the same but they just have different ideas.
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Never mind that it's a young adult book. Lynne Reid Banks' work has such a vast scope, it should not be missed by anyone.
The book is set in 1968. Lesley is a typical teenager. She's always trendily dressed, always popular, always the envied one. Then her father announces that the entire family is going to emigrate to Israel. She cries, pleads, threatens, but soon enough they arrive on a border kibbutz. Lesley doesn't speak Hebrew, can't do much in the way of chores, and is at first treated like anathema by her peers. Meanwhile, the conflict between Israel and Jordan escalates. Across the River Jordan, surprisingly lacking in width or depth, she observes over time a young boy whose loneliness reminds her of herself. Despite knowing better, Lesley cannot imagine him an enemy. When war breaks out, the world of the kibbutz seems terribly fragile, but Lesley finds herself fighting as desperately as her neighbors to hold on.
The relationship between Lesley and Mustapha, however brief, is one of the most unforgettable I've ever read about. The final scene of the book still haunts me. I reread it at least once a year.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A concerned parent Jan. 27 2000
Format:Paperback
The book was not only poorly written, from an english stand point, but it also helps young children to develop racist attitudes towards the Arab world. This fictional book is narrated by the author and talks of a young girls' struggle to not only change her environment, but to adapt to one that is not so friendly. However, the author makes certain that her Zionist attitudes and hatered towards the Arabs of the middle-east are represented. Phrases in the book leave an Arab-American, such as myself, questioning how a person can preach hatered to children when we as parents try so hard to maintain their innocence. I picked up this book because it has become a hot topic in my school district. The book is being used by teachers in English classes as well as in Social Studies. As educators they are suppose to teach children to think for themselves, to formulate their own opinions. When they teach children biases and hatered we go backwards as a society and raise puppets with no voice. I want people to buy this book, not because I wish to promote the book, but I would like people to read this book from the perspective of an Arab (boy or girl) 9-12 years of age, seating in a Public School. Make yourself believe that you would feel comfortable being in a classroom filled with children, none like yourself; an Arab. Thank you if you read my comments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original version was better Dec 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
I read the original version of this book as a young teenager. It was wonderful: in fact, this book was part of the reason that later, as a college student, I decided to spend a year as a volunteer and then ulpan student on a kibbutz not far from Banks' fictional kibbutz.
I have always loved this book, and it speaks both to young people and adults. However, in reading the revised version (written post-Indian in the Cupboard), I was disappointed by some of the changes. I think that the book was updated politically to reflect the realities of the 1990's: and I suppose rightly so (there's more understanding now of the Arabs) however: it would have been more authentic, and retained more of its fire, had it been reissued in its original form as written in the early 1970's, not long after the events portrayed in the book occurred.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of One More River Aug. 26 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book written by Lynne Reid Banks was about a girl named Lesley that was Jewish. She moved from Canada to Israel because her dad wanted to live in a kibbutz. A kibbutz is a community of all Jewish people. They live together and work a farm.They have a lot of different jobs to do.Lesley didn't like it at first. She had been rich in Canada and didn't like the poor life at the kibbutz. She lives on the river Jordan and sees the enemy on the other side. The Israelis are enemies with the Arabs because they are fighting over land.Lesley meets an enemy boy and realizes that he is a lot like her. She realizes that the even when the six day war is over and the Israelis won, that the war will never be over because the side that loses always hoipes to win the next time.
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