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The Whisper: The Riverman Trilogy, Book II (Hardcover)

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The Whisper is the second installment in Aaron Starmer’s Riverman Trilogy. With its blend of myth and reality, The Whisper reminded me both of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Neverending Story. As Alistair chases the Riverman across a patchwork of imaginary worlds, a parallel story unfolds, that of Aquavania’s strange origin. I loved how the end of The Riverman left me hanging, unsure what to believe. The Whisperleaps into the dark, twisting realm of Aquavania, offering multiple realities to choose from. In the end, Alistair has to decide what he believes, and so do you. Choose wisely! -- Katy 

— Katy


Twelve-year-old Alistair Cleary has washed up on shore. But where? It seems to be Aquavania, the magical realm where children create entire worlds from their imagination. There's something wrong, though. The creators have disappeared and the worlds are falling apart. All Alistair wants is to find his friend Fiona Loomis and go home. Easier said than done. Animals made of starlight, a megalomaniacal boy king, and astronauts who peddle riddles are hard enough to outwit, but they're only the beginning. To find Fiona, Alistair must travel from world to world. He must confront the mistakes of his past. And he must face countless monsters, including the soul-stealing stalker that some people call the Riverman, the merciless but misunderstood servant of Aquavania who refers to himself as the Whisper.

About the Author

Aaron Starmer was born in northern California, raised in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York, and educated at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. His novels for young readers include The Storyteller, The Whisper, and The Riverman. He lives with his family in Stowe, Vermont.

Praise For…

“* Starmer has constructed a multitude of worlds here, all tied to power of creation, and the boredom that ultimate power ultimately bestows.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“* In this sequel to The Riverman, 12-year-old Alistair Cleary travels to a parallel world searching for his missing friend, Fiona . . . A riveting, imaginative, disconcerting, inscrutable, unresolved sequel, guaranteed to leave readers anxious for the finale.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Fantasy lovers up to the challenge will devour The Whisper and crave the third book in the trilogy.” —VOYA

“The second volume in the Riverman trilogy adds more twists and turns to Fiona and Alistair's adventures.” —Sarah Bean Thompson, Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374363116
ISBN-10: 0374363110
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 17th, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: The Riverman Trilogy