Review: The River Singers by Tom Moorhouse

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Title: The River Singers
Author: Tom Moorhouse
Publisher: OUP
Publication Date: Oct 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Something was approaching the burrow. Something deadly. Something that made Sylvan’s fur bristle with fear . . .

Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home?

Adventurous, exciting, and bursting with charming illustrations – this is a book you’ll want to treasure for ever.


The River Singers is a very emotional story about four small water voles who – after leaving their burrow for the first time – are left motherless. A new predator has come to the riverbank and there is no choice but to leave the burrow, the only home they have ever known.

Although the circumstances were somber I did enjoy seeing the world through the voles eyes as they experienced things for the first time.

Be warned the story is very emotional, but at the same time it is gripping and exciting as you undergo the adventure with the voles. Combining realistic elements about the life of a water vole with fantasy aspects made the story interesting and provided a very unique perspective of the world around you.

Highly recommend for fans of animal stories.

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