Printer-friendly view


The River Singers

A thrilling adventure with the timeless appeal of The Borrowers.

Tom Moorhouse

Suitable for:  9+ boys and girls

Price:  £10.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-273480-8
Publication date: 03/10/2013
Hardback: 256 pages
Dimensions: 210x148mm

SuccessAdded.View basket

You can use the basket to:

  • pay by credit card
  • order on account
  • forward to a colleague


Four small water voles are about to embark upon a long and perilous journey along the Great River, but will they ever find a safe place to call home? Sumptuously illustrated throughout, this is a book to treasure for ever.


  • A thrilling tale of adventure, courage, and survival against the odds.
  • Features a cast of unforgettable characters, including four adorable water voles, who children and adults will fall in love with.
  • Gorgeously presented in hardback with charming black and white illustrations throughout.
  • Supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign positioning The River Singers as a must-buy gift for children.
  • A sparkling debut from an exceptionally talented new storyteller.
  • Sequel to be published October 2014.
  • eBook available.

This page was last updated on 05 July 2015 at 04:00 GMT


  • "In this charming book for confident readers he does for the vole what Babe author Dick King-Smith did for the pig. This is Moorhouse's first book and a real breath of fresh country air in an increasingly urban children's book market." - Alex O'Connell, Children's Books of the Year, The Times
  • "Move over, Ratty. Sylvan's here: An Oxford academic's new children's book could rival 'The Wind in the Willows.'" - Independent on Sunday
  • "Peppered with references to spoors, territory, scents and feeding grounds, it's essentially a story about a group of siblings, led by a feisty little fellow called Sylvan, who leads his brother and sisters to a new home. All about the human values of heroism and friendship." - Spectator
  • "Not even Kenneth Grahame could be put forward as having captured this natural environment and its inhabitants with such immediate, completely satisfying authenticity. Moorhouse's lyrical prose is captivating, and this is without a doubt an exceptional piece of storytelling." - Helen Mulley, Teach Primary
  • "A gripping and moving tale for children." - Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph
  • "A wonderful, exciting adventure with appealing characters that you grow to care about. An utterly lovely book and highly recommended." - The Bookbag
  • "A real adventure story, packed with incident and details of life along the river bank, it is beautifully lyrical, simple, yet comforting. Filled with compassion and affection." - Carousel
  • "Really impressive debut." - Books for the Year 2013, Books for Keeps
  • "Tom Moorhouse combines the beauty and cruelty of nature with a gripping story and a host of wonderful characters to make this a truly special book." - Louise Haines, The Best New Children's Books: Summer 2014 (in association with The Guardian)
Read more