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  - 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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User Review  - Friederike - Goodreads

Back in 1966, Chinua Achebe's wrote this gentle, touching story of an eleven-year-old Nigerian boy, Chike. He has to leave his beloved small village and his family behind and live with his uncle in ... Read full review

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Chike in Onitsha
Chike on the Banks of the River
Those Who Answered to Abraham
Brain Pills
The Fate of the Coin
Chike Returns to Chandus
Pride Goeth Before a Fall
Chikes Dream Comes True
Chikes Troubles Grow
What the Thieves Did

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Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. He died in 2013.

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