Bone Dance by Martha Brooks
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Alexandra's beloved grandfather was fond of saying, "Life is full of surprises, and sometimes the good and the bad get all bunched up together". However, he could not have prepared her for the shock of her life: the death of her father, a man she never knew, and his legacy -- a cabin on prairie land formerly owned by the LaFreniere family. Lonny LaFreniere's stepfather is the kindest man Lonny's ever known. But Lonny, tormented by guilty memories and dreams and visions he can't shake, rejects the land Pop always wanted to pass on to him. How could he have known it would end up in the hands of a city girl like Alexandra Marie Sinclair? As their story unfolds, Lonny and Alex are haunted and guided by spirits that draw them to the land and to each other in this moving and tender coming-of-age novel of not one but two unforgettable teens.
 

About Martha Brooks

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Martha Brooks is the author of six highly acclaimed young adult books, including Traveling On into the Light and Other Stories, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Hungry Mind Review Children’s Book of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Douglas & McIntyre. 179 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grounding the story in clear-eyed descriptive details and bringing the characters to life with natural dialogue, Brooks alternates between Alex's and Lonny's perceptions until she pulls the two close, ``Hip to hip, knee to knee .

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As in her Paradise Cafe and Other Stories, Brooks hints of the existence of predestination and mythical forces, but the philosophical aspects of her book do not overpower her poetic language and sensual imagery (""Sounds of lapping waves on stone, sound of beetle legs on crispy leaf, sound of blo...

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In what PW called an ""elegantly wrought tale"" that combines fragments of Native American culture, myth and ceremony, two teenagers, strangers to one another, are drawn to an ancient burial ground.

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