The Jericho River

teach history Western Civilization: great for remote learning

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A wonderful journey for history classes, homeschooling, and remote learning — and an adventure for readers! Help your student learn and have fun during school closure!


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.

David Tollen’s exciting young adult fantasy teaches the history of the Middle East and Western Civilization. The Jericho River educates and entertains middle and high school students, weaving real history and myth into an engaging adventure. It’s an award-winning novel, ideal for world history, world cultures, ancient history, Western Civilization, and other social studies classes — and for distance learning, homeschooling, and school libraries. Teachers and parents will love the free, curriculum-aligned resources, including lesson plans, maps, timelines, and illustrations.

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 father. He battles minotaurs and pirates, flees barbarians, stumbles into mummies’ tombs, and outwits philosophers, fairies, and scientists.

The river flows like a timeline, carrying the young man through historic lands — Sumer, the pharaohs’ Egypt, Classical Greece, Medieval Europe, and more — winding its way through the ancient Middle East and Western Civilization. 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 a French lawyer’s son became king of Sweden, as well as the origins of coffee, the cat, chivalry, the Atlantis myth, and much more.

Will Jason find his father in time to rescue his crumbling family? Or will he be trapped by the past? The Jericho River will enliven any class or remote learning living room!


Indie Book Awards (remote learning)             london_winner (remote learning)           2013-bronze (remote learning)      


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