The Jericho River
The Jericho River
The Jericho River
Winner at The Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the London Book Festival -- and Bronze Medalist in the Readers' Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest!History isn't names and dates -- it's an adventure story.And so is The Jericho River. It's a young adult fantasy about history: a wild ride for all and a treasure trove of knowledge for teachers and students.The Jericho River flows through a magical world shaped by myth and history. Young Jason Gallo sails the river on a dangerous quest to rescue his estranged father. He battles minotaurs and pirates, flees barbarians, stumbles into mummies' tombs, and outwits fairies, philosophers, and scientists.But Jason's tale is more than an adventure story. The river flows like a timeline, carrying the young man through historic lands -- Sumer, the pharaoh's Egypt, ancient Greece, Medieval Europe, and many others -- all in chronological order, tracing the history of Western Civilization, from its Middle Eastern origins to modern times. Professor Gallo, Jason's father, is a historian, and his notes outline the journey, revealing the truth about Cleopatra, King Arthur, and the fall of the Roman Empire. He explains how Snow White began as a goddess and how a French lawyer's son became king of Sweden, as well as the origins of coffee, the cat, chivalry, the Internet, Atlantis, and much more. You've never read a story like this ...

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Educational
  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The Jericho River, by David W. Tollen is a historical fiction novel that revolves around a young, rebellious teenager named Jason Gallo. The novel opens with Jason and his sister, Athena, frantically trying to awaken their sleeping father, who is trapped in a sleeplike coma.

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