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Bone Dance

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Alexandra is shocked to learn that the father she never knew has died and left her a cabin in rural Manitoba. She knows she must visit the cabin even while she grieves for her unknown father. There she meets Lonny, a boy also tom by grief and visions he can't shake. His family once owned the bad Alex has inherited. But Lonny rejected it, never dreaming it would go to Alex. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 8th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 1997)
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Feb 12, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book was a stunner. I'm embarrassed that I'd never heard of it or of Brooks before.

The language is polished, at times biting or lyrical. The characters drive everything and have depth and originality. Bone Dance crossed the invisible line and is literature.

I grew up all over the prairies, and this book feels like home. Brooks nails the landscape like no other author I've read. While books with spirits often insert them with a heavy hand (Warning: Native moment ahead), the spirits and the
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Oct 21, 2016 Kyla Belvedere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why this book has such a low rating. The writing is perfection. The characters are great. AND it is one of the only FN novels I have ever read that isn't centred on abuse. Sure, there is alcoholism (with a caucasian character, and mentioned about another FN character), but there is no sexual and physical abuse which was frankly quite refreshing.

This novel would be excellent for a grade 10/11 class.
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Aug 24, 2016 Pyrate Queen rated it liked it
Alexandra Sinclair is the granddaughter of a Cree World War II veteran. She is also the daughter of a lone wolf who left her mother shortly after Alex was born. Upon his death, Alex discovers that her father left her land and a cabin by a lake as well as $17,000 to cover property taxes in Manitoba. Seventeen years old and unsure of her future, she decides to take a look at the land and live there for the summer while she sorts everything out.
Nov 23, 2012 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Re-reading this book again sends me to the Prairie world that Brooks evokes so brilliantly and tenderly in her fiction. One of my favourites of her novels, I love the connections that Brooks makes between land and spirit and those we love
Feb 10, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very prettily written with an ethereal feel. This is a small story about two teenagers at a crossing point in their lives. Uses the imagery, icons and rythms of the Canadian/Northern native americans. You'll be surprised how 150 pages stick with you for days.
A parcel of land is part of the lives of two young people: Alexandra inherits it from her father whom she never knew; Lonny grew up on it and never wanted it after his motherâs death. Real Indian-mystical, with both of them experiencing prophetic dreams and visions. ...more
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Feb 06, 2016 Austin Hackney rated it it was amazing
Elegant, poetic, beautiful, powerful. I'm still stunned by this book. Perhaps too stunned to write a proper review. Just read it.
Michele Karmartsang
Not a long book, but full of realistic characters and wisdom. A quick, deep, and enjoyable journey.
Jan 06, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: elizabeth
Sooooo sweet and touching. The story was really very simple and there was nothing really dramatic about it, but it was gentle and beautiful and made me cry a little, in a good way. Love.
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Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz singer whose books have been published in Spain, Italy, Japan, Denmark, England, Germany and Australia, as well as in Canada and the United States. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award ...more
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“Everyone, no matter what their cultural background, has a right to discover the sacred in nature; to heal and be redeemed spiritually by nature; and to revere the ancestors. We are all haunted and saved by our memories.” 4 likes
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