The Jericho River

The Jericho River

Title:The Jericho River
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:2.2

History isn't names and dates -- it's an adventure story.

And so is The Jericho River. Both a novel and a history, it's won multiple awards, including first place at the London Book Festival and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The Jericho River flows through a magical world shaped by myth and history. Young Jason Gallo sails the river on a dangerous quest to rescue his estranged father. He battles minotaurs and pirates, flees barbarians, stumbles into mummies' tombs, and outwits fairies, philosophers, and scientists. Along the way, he finds love and betrayal, faces the legacy of a broken family -- and flees a hidden foe who threatens all he holds dear.

But Jason's tale is more than an adventure story. The river flows like a timeline, carrying the young man through historic lands -- Sumer, Babylonia, ancient Greece, Medieval Europe, Napoleon' empire, and many others -- all in chronological order, tracing the history of Western Civilization, from its Middle Eastern origins to the modern era. Professor Gallo, Jason's father, is a historian, and his notes outline the journey, revealing the truth about Cleopatra, King Arthur, and the fall of the Roman Empire. He explains how Snow White began as a goddess and why Eve was created from Adam's rib, as well as the origins of coffee, the cat, chivalry, the Internet, Atlantis -- and much more.

Featuring twenty-six vivid historical illustrations and three maps.

978-0985451721 -- This is a new cover edition.

    The Jericho River Reviews

  • Brandi

    David W. Tollen's "The Jericho River: A Novel About the History of Western Civilization" is an interesting concept for a novel. I love books that sneak educational material to the reader as this often...

  • Paul Wandason

    "The Jericho River" has a great concept: to use time travel to take a teenager back in time and lead him through the ages to show YA readers "the history of western civilisation". Although it's not we...

  • L.A.

    Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review:'The Jericho River, A Novel About the History of Western Civilization' by David W. Tollen.History is one of those things that people either love or hate. Of...

  • Tim Myers

    Our social and political life depends to a great extent on how well ordinary people know history. Those who know it well are not only not condemned to repeat it, but they participate more in civic li...

  • Laura

    Reviewed at The Jericho River has, at its heart, a really great concept: making history come alive for readers in a fictional story that involves time travel, as a way of taking th...

  • Spritti Bee

    This book is very "all religions are equal" but "science is better", so if you are a homeschool mom and are teaching in favor of Christianity, I would suggest that it is more of a 15-16 yo and up type...

  • Patricia Hamill

    This historical fantasy follows Jason Gallo on a quest to find and rescue his father. With the aid of a mysterious woman, Jason finds himself stranded in ancient Sumer. Soon, he must flee down the onl...

  • M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    This was a really fun and unique take on mixing science fiction and fantasy together, along with historical fiction. I was not sure how the author would make that work, but he actually pulled it off p...

  • Rachel

    Reviewed for www.compassbookratings.comThe Jericho River: A Novel About The History of Western Civilization has something for everyone. Author David W. Tollen uses his creative prowess to teach histor...

  • Carolyn Denman

    Clever concept for a story. Could do with a bit more emotion to offset the feeling the reader is being lectured to. The 'learning about history' concept is just a bit too in-your-face for me. It shoul...