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Where the River Runs Gold – Teaching Resources

Where the River Runs Gold is a breathtaking new adventure from Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Winner, Sita Brahmachari. A powerful and beautifully written story about hope, love, friendship and the importance of protecting our natural world.

These resources include extracts, discussion questions and cross-curricular activities for Upper KS2.

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Where the River Runs Gold


Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops by hand so that the nation can eat. The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.

The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let love guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it . . .

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