CWS: Green Days by the River
Author: Michael Anthony
Published: March 2000
Format: Paperback 198 pages
Level: Age 11 and older
Another perceptive novel about a boy on the edge of adult responsibilities. It is the story of Shell, a Trinidadian boy, who moves to a new village and there meets two girls. Introduction by Gareth Griffiths.
Fifteen-year-old Shell is charmed by the attractive Indian girl, Rosalie, and flattered by the friendship of her father, who tacitly accepts him as a future son-in-law. The relationships develop, but Shell does not realise that he is entering a trap which might ensnare him forever.
In Green Days by the River Michael Anthony conveys the confusion of a teenager growing to maturity, and the difficult choices that have to be made. The novel explores the complexity of human relationships, and the need to come to terms with our discoveries about those around us.