What readers say


‘I am very glad that I had the chance to read one of your wonderful books. I love River Boy. I don’t think that there is any other way to describe how I feel about this book. It’s not only that I enjoy it, it’s like I want to read it over and over again. I don’t know but it’s very enchanting and it’s craving me to want more of the pages. You are a fine writer and I really admire you for that. I hope and pray that you will continue to write more books like this. Whenever I buy a book to read, I always look for books that will please me and will surely put me in the story. And you made it possible for me to wonder about rivers. I love your one of a kind approach in this book. I am really looking forward to see more of your books. I am very fortunate to have River Boy. It made me remember my memories with my late grandfathers. Thanks so much and more power to you!!’ Carlota 


‘I’ve read one of your books, River Boy. It’s brilliant. You write very well. My friends and I read it for the school and we’re gonna make a project about it. I come from Argentina.’ Matthew 


‘I have just read your book River Boy and it is excellent, the best book I have read by far. It has inspired me to just get on with life and you can make it through anything. Thank you very much for this and I am proud I feel this way now because I never used to!’ Katie 


‘I absolutely loved River Boy. It is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. I hadn’t been reading a lot lately so I chose your book to do a book report on. I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down. I plan on reading all of your other award-winning books. Thanks for getting me to read again!’ Lauren 


‘As a teacher, I was stuck for a novel to teach the class when someone recommended River Boy. Reading it for the first time was a marvellous experience, and I was genuinely moved by the simple majesty of the plot. This book has affected me quite deeply and I would certainly look out for any other novels that you have written. Thank you.’ Brian 


‘I think that River Boy was a great novel. I couldn’t put it down. but as I read it somehow I thought of myself as Jess and well when I was seven years old my grandfather died. But he died happy like Jess’s grandfather did, and the River Boy made me think of my grandfather. But the novel was sad because the grandfather needed Jess the whole time really, but I was there when my grandfather died, actually he was in my arms! But the best book I’ve read would be River Boy. Thank you Mr Bowler.’ Nicki 


‘I really enjoyed your book River Boy. While I was reading it I could block out the world around me and concentrate on the story. I really got into the story so much that it almost felt like I was a character in it! My friend and I borrow books from each other because we have the same taste in books. One day when I went to recommend it to her she picked a copy up from beside her bed and said, “I just finished it!”‘ Lisa 


‘I just finished reading River Boy for a library science class I am taking. It was a random book that I pulled from the shelves because the premise sounded nice. Little did I know that I would go through such a cathartic journey. Having a stubborn, difficult but very loving grandfather of my own that I lost, I felt her journey inside. It is true, the written word truly changes you. I am not the same person I was before I read your book. Thank you!’ Jennifer 


‘I was deeply moved by “River Boy” and am planning on sending copies to a few friends who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.’ Sako 


‘Hello, I’m Korean girl who read your book River Boy last night. I was so impressed, so I shed tears. I’m 15. It’s same with Jess. I understood her, and I think I could be her friend. Thanks for writing this book.’ Jade