Calling the Swan by Jean Thesman

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For the past three years--ever since the unspeakable thing happened to their family--Skylar Deacon's parents have hated to let her out of their sight. Now she's going to summer school, and it's a struggle to get out of the house each morning. Skylar's grandmother and older sister, Alexandra, offer their support, but Skylar is the one who has to face the bus, the school, the kids she doesn't know...and the truth about what made the Deacon family outcasts in their own town.

Here, on the heels of The Other Ones ("Reminiscent of Patrice Kindl's Owl in Love for its strong casting and vivid storytelling."--Booklist) is another mystical, absorbing book from Jean Thesman.

About Jean Thesman

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Jean Thesman is a highly regarded author of a number of successfuil books on the Avon list, including Cattail Moon and The Ornament Tree. She lives in surburban Seattle, Washington, with her husband Bob and four dogs.
Published June 1, 2000 by Viking Juvenile. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Exploring the public and private effects of a family member’s sudden, never-explained disappearance, Thesman takes a more restrained, but no less emotionally intense, tack than Michael Cadnum in Zero at the Bone (1996), adds a further hint of mystery by suggesting that Alexandra is visible not ju...

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Thanks to Thesman's (The Other Ones) expert control, the reader's grasp of the exact nature of Skylar's tragedy develops in parallel to Skylar's own ability to articulate what has happenedDthree years ago Alexandra was abducted in a never-solved crime, and Skylar's own family has gone from being ...

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