Hornet's Nest by Bart Moeyaert

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This uplifting and inventive tale begins with a situation all too familiar: old grudges, long-standing resentments, and time-honored fears have virtually entombed a young girl's heartbroken mother and small town in bitterness. When 14-year-old Suzanne is smitten by a traveling puppeteer hoping to entertain the surly villagers, he offers her two bits of advice: take action or move on. Sidestepping romance and rash decisions, Suzanne decides to get busy stirring up the hornets in her town's nest of troubles - maybe a catharsis is just what they all need. Most adolescents will identify with this sensitive portrait of a teenager faced with difficult circumstances. Bart Moeyaert's playful, poetic language and larger-than-life characters infuse the tale with insight and hope.

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Bart Moeyaert made his debut with the autobiographical "Duet Out ot Tune (1983). It was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the Children and Youth Jury in 1984, was translated into German, Greek, Spanish, Catalan, and Japanese and was given other lives as a play and a musical. Moeyaert's other novels, such as Suzanne Dantine (1989) and the novella Kiss Me--which received the Book Lion 1992 award--are poetic and evocative. Bare Hands received the Book Lion 1996 award and was nominated for the prestigious Golden Pencil Award. Bart has been a full-time author since 1995. He has written television scripts and plays; he has translated several novels and written a series of articles about design in "De Standaard, Belgian daily. DAVID COLMER is an independent writer and translator. He translates Dutch literature in a wide range of genres. His nonfiction translations include Living Dangerously: A Biography of Joris Ivens and Formula One Fanatic.
Published July 28, 2000 by Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press. 144 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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Opening with a scene of the narrator, Susanna Dantine, being born (she narrates from the womb), Moeyaert's (Bare Hands) novel reads like a convoluted fairy tale, complete with a character named Wolf and a dark wood.

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