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A paddle wheeler cruises up the Mississippi, delivering mail and hosting an occasional concert. A scene straight out of the nineteenth century? Not quite. This Mississippi is a toxic brown river. And the paddle wheeler is run by the River Rats, a troop of orphans who survived the Flash, a nuclear holocaust. What were once huge cities are now plague-ridden ruins haunted by gangs of savage children. And the concerts the Rats play are post-apocalyptic rock and roll--a music as rough and ragged as the musicians who perform it.
When the Rats rescue a stranger from the river, all the troubles of the old world suddenly threaten to end their travels forever.
About the Author
CAROLINE STEVERMER has written several books for adults and one other fantasy novel for young readers, River Rats. Ms. Stevermer also lives in Minneapolis.
"Too good to miss."--Booklist
"An unusual, compelling futuristic novel . . . wry, sharp, lively, and perceptive."--The Horn Book (starred review)