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The Wind Is Not a River

by Brian Payton

The Wind Is Not a River
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2014, 320 pages
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    Sep 2014, 320 pages

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Norah Piehl

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The Wind is Not a River is both a survival story and love story that highlights a little-known slice of American history.

When I was a preteen, I devoured all the survival stories I could get my hands on – from Gary Paulsen's Hatchet to Theodore Taylor's The Cay, Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, and Jean Craighead George's The Talking Earth, among many others. So when I began reading Brian Payton's The Wind Is Not a River, I could tell immediately that it would be a worthy addition to this genre (although obviously written for more mature readers). Payton's novel will also appeal to fans of love stories.

Like any good survival tale, The Wind Is Not a River starts with a disaster—in this case, a wartime plane crash. Journalist John Easley finds himself on the Aleutian island of Attu in April 1943, just after the small plane he was on was shot down by the Japanese. Unbeknownst to nearly everyone back home in Seattle, John was on a secret mission to investigate the 1942 Japanese attack ...

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