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The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield

This book, The Rover Boys on the River; Or, The Search for the Missing Houseboat, by Arthur Winfield, is a literary fiction.

Everything About The Rover Boys on the River

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes and worksheets related to the book. And don’t forget the links to more encyclopedic information for historical content in the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from The Rover Boys on the River

The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur M. Winfield, title page.

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

They were taken from the Internet Archive version of the book, found here.

All pictures for this edition were presumably made by the publisher, New York, Grosset & Dunlap.

I’d like to thank the Harvard University for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see the pictures for this book, go here.

All other pictures were produced by Amazon as links to copies available for purchase.

Subjects Covered in The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield

There is one subject covered in this book.

This subject is Literature.

Reading Level of The Rover Boys on the River

The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield, is appropriate for Children and Middle Grades.

This means that it can be read beginning approximately in 1st grade; or at around 6 years of age.

However, the book does contain racially sensitive content that will need to be discussed with your students.

It is important to explain to the student this past culture and how and why it has changed.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield, is book number 22 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the Elementary Level.

The book is the 19th book to be read during Year 1 of school.

Book Content

It is the ninth book in the first series.

The adventure follows the wealthy Rover Boys as they get up to antics on a houseboat.

When their rivals steal the boat and abduct their friends, the Rover Boys must figure out a way to make things right.

Please be aware of the racial content in this book and discuss it with your student.

Chapters – Rover Boys on the River

Rover Boys on the River contains 30 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

I. Plans for an Outing

The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur M. Winfield, table of contents.

II. On the way to Putnam Hall

III. The Doings of a Night

IV. What the Morning Brought Forth

V. For and Against

VI. Link Smith’s Confession

VII. Fun on the Campus

VIII. Good-bye to Putnam Hall

IX. The Rover Boys at Home

X. A Scene in a Cemetery

XI. Attacked from Behind

XII. Flapp and Baxter Plot Mischief

XIII. Chips and the Circus Bills

XIV. Fun at the Show

XV. Acts Not on the Bills

The Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur M. Winfield, table of contents (2).

XVI. Aleck Brings News

XVII. A Queer Captain

XVIII. On Board the Houseboat

XIX. Words and Blows

XX. Days of Pleasure

XXI. The Disappearance of the Houseboat

XXII. Dan Baxter’s Little Game

XXIII. A Run in the Dark

XXIV. The Horse Thieves

XXV. Plotting Against Dora and Nellie

XXVI. The Search on the River

XXVII. Caught Once More

XXVIII. A Message for the Rovers

XXIX. Jake Shaggam, of Shaggam Creek

XXX. The Rescue—Conclusion

Activities for Rover Boys on the River

We tried searching for “Rover Boys on the River Book Test.”

Then, we tried test, quiz, activities, reading guide, study guide, and other combinations of words.

Unfortunately, there are few to no activities for this book.

We only found one video, and it was a stretch, to say the least.

The One Activity

We found music by The Rover Boys.

While this musical group really does not have anything to do with the Rover Boys books, we thought it might be fun to listen to.

Here’s a neat song by The Rover Boys uploaded by BenBop1965 on YouTube.

A MiniMize Worksheet

There is hope, though.

The MiniMize Life is creating a short multiple-choice quiz for this book.

This worksheet will contain 3 pages for 1 day of activity and a total of 15 questions in all.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will prompt the student to read the entire book, then complete the quiz when they are finished.

The student should read at least one chapter each day.

The quiz should be completed the day that the last chapter is read or the following day.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Quiz for this book state the following.

Read the entire book, Rover Boys on the River; then, answer the questions. Choose the correct answer below each question and fill in the circle beside the answer.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield

If you just can’t wait to read the book, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield. While free isn’t always better, we want to make sure you can homeschool no matter what your financial situation might be.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.


You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

This version of Rover Boys on the River works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from Gutenberg can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This is by design so that anyone can read the text no matter which operating system they use.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

Watch for missing pages, though. while we tried to avoid books with missing pages, sometimes it is unavoidable with these old books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy of Rover Boys on the River at Internet Archive, here.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Bound Books

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

Buy Rover Boys on the River already bound and printed on Amazon, here.

Kindle Books

Kindle is easier! They do all the work; all you have to do is click, buy, and read! And we love easy.

If you’re like us, get the Kindle version, here.

Rover Boys on the River, by Arthur Winfield

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Is there anything you think might be helpful to anyone or their homeschool in relation to Rover Boys on the River? Let us know in the comments below!

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