Raft of Stars

Raft of Stars


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When two hardscrabble young boys think they’ve committed a crime, they flee into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten-year-old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about.

One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them.

Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own. Fish’s mother Miranda, a wise woman full of fierce faith; his granddad, Teddy, who knows the woods like the back of his hand; Tiffany, a purple-haired gas station attendant and poet looking for connection; and Sheriff Cal, who’s having doubts about a life in law enforcement.

The adults track the boys toward the novel’s heart-pounding climax on the edge of the gorge and a conclusion that beautifully makes manifest the grace these characters find in the wilderness and one another. This timeless story of loss, hope, and adventure runs like the river itself amid the vividly rendered landscape of the Upper Midwest.

Title:Raft of Stars
Edition Language:English
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    Raft of Stars Reviews

  • Paromjit

    Andrew J Graff's makes a stunning debut with this classic piece of historical fiction, of adventure and trials in the wilderness, set in the summer of 1994 in the small town of Claypot, in the Land of...

  • Angela M

    Fish and Bread are ten year old boys, best friends and both are carrying things that no one wishes on their young hearts. Of course, they stole my heart. In the small town of Claypot, Wisconsin someth...

  • Liz

    The summary of this book sounded like something William Kent Krueger would write, so I had to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did. This character driven story grabbed me. Fish is ten years old. For...

  • Diane S ?

    Bread and Fish, are both ten years old. The boys met when Fish's mother brought him to spend summers at his grandfather's farm in Clay pot, Wisconsin. It's a rural town on the edge of the Wisconsin No...

  • Jenny Lawson

    I accidentally read this book because I thought it was another book but then I actually really got into it, which is weird because it's a suspenseful, wilderness coming-of-age book about boys and not ...

  • ?Karen

    3.5 stars.It started off strong and I loved all the characters, especially the boys, Fish and Bread. Those nicknames didn't impress me, though. That type of thing with names always seems gimmicky to m...

  • Nigel

    In brief - I was entertained by this however I found the story rather obvious maybe. In fullThis is the story of two young boys from a very small town in Wisconsin. They believe that that they have co...

  • Sharon Metcalf

    Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff was a delightful book which I thoroughly enjoyed from the first page until the last.    The prologue piqued my interest immediately.    The scene was set via a n...

  • Lou

    Raft of Stars is a dark and dazzling historical coming-of-age debut full of wild imagery of the rural Wisconsin landscape and characters with real heart. It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsi...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    Well written, but really should be in the category Young Adult rather than Literature. ...