The Calling by Cathryn Clinton

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"Hardcover: 166 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.76 x 7.72 x 5.51 Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); 1st ed edition (September 1, 2001) ISBN: 0763613878 Ages 9-12 highly recommended book for an intermediate reader. The author's use of methaphor's is very entertaining and helps to get the point across. Esta Lea, the main character, has a very interesting lesson to share. Overall the book is very thought provoking and makes for an excellent discussion."

About Cathryn Clinton

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Cathryn Clinton received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Iowa and her master of fine arts degree from Vermont College. Her first novel, THE CALLING, was published in 2001. AboutA STONE IN MY HAND she says, "While in graduate school in 1998 I had a writing assignment: choose a picture of someone and write about that person. In an article about Gaza in National Geographic, I saw a picture of a young Palestinian girl holding a bird in her hand. There was a look of strength in her face. This intrigued me, and I wondered how this girl had survived both internally and externally when the conditions of her growing up years were so harsh. So I sat down and began writing the story of Malaak."
Published August 6, 2001 by Candlewick. 176 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At first the author uses such broad strokes of color—from thick applications of metaphor (Esta Lea and a friend are "tighter than Aunt Phoebe's girdle") to excerpts from fire-and-brimstone-type sermons—that it's hard to know what to make of Esta Lea's extraordinary powers or her prophetic dreams.

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Now readers can travel with her from church to church and revival meeting to revival meeting in this very funny novel set in South Carolina.

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