I rarely read a book that compels me to recommend it to friends; this is one of those rare books. In the depths of the Depression, four orphans on the run from a cruel boarding school take to the river in search of safety and home. Their encounters along the road are by turns dangerous, heart-breaking, and joyous. This novel has been compared to Huckleberry Finn and The Grapes of Wrath. It contains echoes of Homer’s Odyssey, and The Wizard of Oz. Intrigued? Pick it up and read it now!