Chike and the River

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Anchor Books, 2011 - Fiction - 88 pages
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The more Chike saw the ferry-boats the more he wanted to make the trip to Asaba. But where would he get the money? He did not know. Still, he hoped.

Eleven-year-old Chike longs to cross the Niger River to the city of Asaba, but he doesn't have the sixpence he needs to pay for the ferry ride. With the help of his friend S.M.O.G., he embarks on a series of adventures to help him get there. Along the way, he is exposed to a range of new experiences that are both thrilling and terrifying, from eating his first skewer of suya under the shade of a mango tree, to visiting the village magician who promises to double the money in his pocket. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home.

Chike and the River is a magical tale of boundaries, bravery, and growth, by Chinua Achebe, one of the world's most beloved and admired storytellers.

 

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User Review  - kidzdoc - LibraryThing

This novella is about an 11 year old boy whose widowed mother entrusts his upbringing to his strict uncle, who believes that children should study and work hard and not waste their time in play. Chike ... Read full review

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

This is a unique book. Written by Achebe, famous for his work Things Fall Apart, this is children's book. I enjoyed tagging along on Chike as he discoverers truths about himself, his friends and his ... Read full review

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Contents

Chike in Onitsha
6
Chike on the Banks of the River
10
Those Who Answered to Abraham
22
Brain Pills
28
The Fate of the Coin
32
Chike Returns to Chandus
48
Pride Goeth Before a Fall
52
Chikes Dream Comes True
62
Chikes Troubles Grow
76
What the Thieves Did
80
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Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of a single Nigerian community over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Girls at War and Other Stories, Home and Exile, Hopes and Impediments, Collected Poems, The Education of a British-Protected Child, Chike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for more than fifteen years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Achebe was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

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