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Andie Grove must do one more assignment before she graduates from the fifth grade and spends her summer days swimming at Silver Lake. There is only one problem. She is terrified of public speaking.

Old Blue loves history and has been the guardian of the Saint Jones River for 400 years. There is only one thing that he fears more than great-horned owls and bald eagles: the destruction of his river.

For centuries, Blue’s river has taken great care of people and other living beings, always giving them what they needed.

Now the river has reached the point where it cannot give anymore.

Old Blue believes Andie is the right human to save his river.

Together, they travel through history where Andie learns how and why her town of Dover, Delaware, developed along the Saint Jones and how a growing population took advantage of a generous river.

Can a ten-year-old girl who is afraid to do a simple speech save Blue’s river?

The Author

Kathleen Marie Doyle is a writer and teacher committed to education, the environment, and democracy. Her interest in social and environmental justice was nurtured at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her commitment to education was inspired by the work of Ted Sizer at Brown University. She lives with her husband in Dover, Delaware, where they are empty nesters with seven goldfish.

The Artist

Marsha Holler is an artist and graphic designer with roots in printmaking. After a career in screen printing her artwork on apparel, she now indulges in creative wanderlust. She journeys with a sketchbook, whether it’s on an interstate or in her own backyard. She and her husband live outside of Dover, Delaware.

Blue’s River is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

Allies for Justice will be republished in 2021. Some copies are still available. For more information, please send me a message through my “contact” page.

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