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Bone Dance

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  6 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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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...more
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.
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
Jan 06, 2011 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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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Critically acclaimed playwright, novelist and short fiction writer Martha Brooks was born and raised in a medical family on the grounds of the now defunct Manitoba Sanatorium at Ninette, Manitoba and resides with her husband, Brian, in Winnipeg.

She has penned award-winning short stories and several powerful novels for young readers, as well as several plays, all of which deal with the universal th...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.” 3 likes
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