Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

About the Book

One of Time magazine’s top-five novels of 2001 and a New York Times bestseller, Peace Like a River is set in the Minnesota countryside and North Dakota Badlands of the early 1960s. A moving and engrossing story about one family’s quest to retrieve its most wayward member, the book has been described as a heroic quest, a tragedy, a love story, and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.

Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and attended Moorhead State University. He worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio for 16 years before selling his debut novel, Peace Like a River. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was a bestseller in 2008. He also co-wrote five mystery novels with his brother Lin, under the pen name L.L. Enger. Leif lives on a farm near Aitkin, Minnesota, with his wife and two sons.

Books for Younger Readers

For grades 3-7 (ages 8-12)
Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman

For preschool to grade 3 (ages 3-8)
The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon (56 pages)

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Tosa’s All-City Read Poetry Contest Winners

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Grades 6-8

  • First prize: Sylvi Teich (Longfellow), “One”
  • Second prize: Jack Kluth (Longfellow), “Gone”

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Adult (18+)