Spirit Line by David Thurlo

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Crystal Manyfeathers is caught between two worlds: her life at a modern American high school, and her life with the Dineh, her Navajo people, where spiritual ceremonies and traditions prevail. In deference to her father, Crystal prepares for her upcoming womanhood ceremony. But days before it starts, a valuable rug Crystal has been weaving for the event is mysteriously stolen. Her best friend Henry believes the theft is punishment for Crystal’s stubborn refusal to weave in the spirit line, a required tribute to the Navajo goddess Spider Woman. Despite their spiritual differences, Crystal and Henry launch a bold and dangerous search for the rug. Will they find it in time? And will Crystal at last learn to be at peace with her Navajo identity?
 

About David Thurlo

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David and Aimée Thurlo are the authors of the bestselling Ella Clah novels. Aimée was born in Havana, Cuba; David was raised in Shiprock, New Mexico, and taught there for many years.
 
Published April 12, 2004 by Viking Juvenile. 216 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Information about Junior’s apprenticeship to become a medicine man (hataalii) and the plans for Crystal’s Kinaaldá (womanhood) ceremony seep into the storyline, giving readers an awareness of the influence of honored traditions on the lives of contemporary youngsters.

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Ella's medicine man brother, Clifford, tries to locate an elderly holy man who can perform the proper curing ceremony to alleviate the traditionalists' fears of Ella and her perceived "sickness," but meanwhile Clifford's busyness sends his wife Loretta to find more than just employment at the loc...

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David and Aimee Thurlo keep to their familiar setting but leave behind their usual whodunit format for The Spirit Line, an emotional tale of a 15-year-old Navajo girl who yearns to discover life beyond the reservation.

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