Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle

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A Newbery Honor and Scott O'Dell Award-winning Author

About Joelle's life before she was found as a scrawny five-year-old, there isn't a lot known. But when her weird classmate, Carlos, tells her she looks like a girl in an old painting of Narragansett Indians, Joelle is surprised by a flicker of recognition. Carlos leads her to the ancient Crying Rocks, where the howling winds are thought to be the spirit voices of children long ago flung to an early death. The terrible story draws Joelle into the downdraft of her own memory.


About Janet Taylor Lisle

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Janet Taylor Lisle's novels for young readers include five selected as Best Books of the Year by "School Library Journal" "Sirens and Spies", "The Lampfish of Twill", "Forest", "A Message from the Match Girl" (from the Investigators of the Unknown series), and "Afternoon of the Elves", a Newbery Honor Book. Her most recent title for Atheneum is "The Art of Keeping Cool", a "Horn Book" Fanfare title and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.She lives with her family of the coast of Rhode Island.
Published January 1, 2003 by Atheneum.
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Carlos, a boy at school, tells Joelle she looks like the Indian girl in a painting on the library wall and, on hikes through the woods, Carlos relates the history of the lost Narragansett Indians, killed off 50 years after the Pilgrims arrived.

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Her classmate Carlos suggests she is part Narragansett Indian, and when she studies the mural of Narragansetts at her local library, Joelle sees her resemblance to them.

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Joelle doesn't believe that story either until one day, while at the Crying Rocks with Carlos, she hears crying and screaming.

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But Carlos has family secrets too, and an old homeless woman, who is rumored to be an Indian queen, may hold the key both to their quest and to Joelle's past.

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