The Jericho River

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An Adventure Through History


Winner at The Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the London Book Festival — and Bronze Medalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest!

An inherently fascinating and absorbing novel … [H]ighly recommended.— Midwest Book Review

Wow. Just, wow.— Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer, 5-star review

Through historical fiction, David [Tollen] has provided a valuable tool for teachers and students in their continuing quest to study the past.—  Philip Bigler, 1998 National Teacher of the Year 


History isn’t names and dates – it’s an adventure story. And so is The Jericho River.

Jason Gallo enters another world on a quest to rescue his estranged father. He finds a land of mud huts and mighty temples, full of primitive people and mythical creatures. There, he battles minotaurs and pirates, flees barbarians, stumbles into mummies’ tombs, and outwits fairies, philosophers, and scientists. His journey takes him through Mesopotamia, the pharaohs’ Egypt, Hebrew Judah, ancient Greece, Medieval Europe, and many more historic lands, tracing the history of Western Civilization and the ancient Middle Eastern. Along the way, Jason finds love and betrayal, faces the legacy of a broken family — and flees a hidden foe who threatens all he holds dear.

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 how a French lawyer’s son became king of Sweden, as well as the origins of coffee, the cat, chivalry, the Internet, Atlantis, and much more.

Will Jason find his father in time to rescue his crumbling family? Or will he be trapped by the past?

This spellbinding tale takes readers on a journey down a timeline of the ancient Middle East and Western Civilization — through the eyes of Jason Gallo, a 21st century teenager. Teachers use this YA fantasy as a supplemental reading assignment. It educates and entertains middle and high school students, weaving real history and myth into an engaging adventure. The Jericho River is ideal for social studies, world cultures, and world history classes, among others, as well as for school libraries.

Teachers will also love the free, curriculum-aligned resources, including lesson plans, maps, timelines, and illustrations.

Come journey down the river with Jason, and explore the magic of our past!


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