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The Whisper

The Whisper

The Riverman Trilogy, Book II

The Riverman Trilogy (Volume 2)

Aaron Starmer

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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.


Water, luminous and gaudy, slapped against land, and the boy named Alistair Cleary lay on the edge of the liquid and the dirt where a river had coughed him out. He ached-head and body. An oaky film of ash coated the roof...

Praise for The Whisper

“* 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

Reviews from Goodreads

Aaron Starmer

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 Riverman, Dweeb, and The Only Ones. He lives with his wife and daughter in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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