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The Crying Rocks

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Newbery Honor winning author of Afternoon with the Elves tells the story of a girl who bravely explores--and reclaims--her past after she meets a boy who tells her she looks like one of the Narragansetts, a tall and beautiful Native-American people who once lived in New England.
Paperback, 281 pages
Published June 21st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published 2003)
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Iowa Girl
May 30, 2008 Iowa Girl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 12 & up
Themes: identity, loss, memory, forgiveness, bullying, friendship. I picked this one up as I was shelving books. I like native american storylines and the cover mentioned this in the synopsis. It is a very readable story about Joelle, adopted daughter of a married couple who seem more like loving caretakers than adoptive parents that have made their adopted child 'their child.' Joelle comes to begin a friendship with Carlos, another outsider who shares certain facts about the landscape that incl...more
Richie Partington
08 September 2003 THE CRYING ROCKS by Janet Taylor Lisle, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, October 2003, ISBN 0-689-03014-2

" 'So tell me about these Indians who were supposedly around here,' she says, as if she's never heard of Indians before. Which is laughable. Half the names of places in Rhode Island are Native American. There are statues of Indians in the parks and plaques that tell where this treaty was signed or that attack happened. Everyone has heard of the Indians, they just don't think a...more
I had a hard time getting into the author's writing style and liking her characters. I found the omniscient voice of the narration too jarring. Joell, while understandably hurt and tries to push people away, was kind of hard to like, and I almost gave up and put the book down. However, after about half way through I kind of end up liking her and the eccentric cast of characters in her life. The end of the book pulls together nicely and you end up seeing a little growth in all the characters. Jus...more
Apr 24, 2012 Vicki rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: tween
Adopted Joelle always wants to know aobut how she came to be w/her adopted parents-her mother, Aunt Mary Louise tells her something about Chicago and a train ride. Then a classmate Carols suggest she look at the local library's indian mural. Joelle feels a connection to the Narrangansett Indians who were the earliest settlers there. Carlos & Joelle hike to the crying rocks-said to be haunted by the tribe & where Carlo's brother accidently feel to his deather a few years ago. Good
Joelle doesn't remember what happened to her before she turned 5 and was adopted by the lady she calls Aunt Mary Louise. She knows she looks different from the other kids at school, but not in any way she can identify until the weird kid at school tells her she looks like a girl in a painting of Narragansett Indians and Pilgrims at the library. This leads to all sorts of things including long forgotten memories and a whole new, and much richer, world.
Neill Smith
Joelle is adopted and lives with her foster mother and father. She learns the myth of her life – found abandoned at a railroad station and adopted by Vernon and Aunt Mary Louise. But the mysterious vagrant Queenie and her study of the Narragansett Indians begin to open windows in her memory and as part of her life vanishes, Joelle begins to recover her true story.
Adopted girl's search for self. She learns she is half Narragansett Indian and seeks to get in touch with that aspect of her background. RI setting was good but the geography seemed a little mixed up at times. Good overall atmosphere: brooding and mystical. Disliked the occasional use of present tense. Not quite up to my expectations but OK.
The title is strange but it was really good. It took me awhile to comprhend it but it was good. The ending took me by suprise completely.
A wonderfully poignant book set in Rhode Island. Though written. for young adults I could not put it down
4.5 stars. I read this book about 3 yrs ago and finally found it on goodreads
My school made me read this book, too. It was only ok.
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