Many Stones by Carolyn Coman

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Sixteen-year-old Berry Morgan lives with her mother in Rockville, Maryland, where her mother works as a reading tutor. Berry's father, a lobbyist, lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend. He comes in and out of Berry's life unpredictably. A year and a half ago, he showed up at her school with shocking news: Berry's sister was dead. While working as a volunteer at a school in Capetown, South Africa, Laura had been brutally murdered. Now Berry sets out on a two-week trip to South Africa with her father to attend a memorial service for Laura. He has arranged some other activities as well: a business meeting in Johannesburg during which Berry awaits him at a posh hotel; a guided tour of Soweto by minivan; and three days at Krueger National Park, where they live in round huts and go out spotting giraffes by day and elephants, leopards, and lions by night. Berry and her father's painful journey forces them to look beyond their own grieving and bear witness to a country's tortured search for truth and reconciliation.

About Carolyn Coman

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Carolyn Coman is the author of two novels for middle readers. "Tell Me Everything" was her first. She is editor at Heinemann and the mother of two children. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Published November 30, 2000 by Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Writing with her usual economy and penetrating insight, Coman (Bee & Jacky, 1998, etc) portrays a young person searching for something—she’s not sure what—and finding it in keeping the link that her sister forged with an amazing people.

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Early on she explains that she collects stones and stacks them on her chest so that she can feel their heft and ""know there's something there to be weighted."" Obliged to accompany her loathed father to South Africa for a memorial service, Berry, who narrates, is sure so much time with her fathe...

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Her father has business to attend to (of course), but they have also been invited to a memorial service in honor of Berry's older sister, Laura, who was murdered there several years prior.

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