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The Crying Rocks by Janet Taylor Lisle
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it was amazing
Recommended 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 include 'the crying rocks,' a local spot said to be haunted by the ghosts of Narragansetts, a local native american peoples. Carlos points out the local library has a picture of these characters and when Joelle brings herself to take a look at the painting, she begins to have 'memories.' It's kind of a cross between flashbacks and collective memory. Carlos has his own family sadness, too. Joelle is also a big friend to Mista, a little girl who looks up to Joelle as a princess. Joelle's parents, Aunt Mary and Vernon, talk of her coming to them in vague pictures and make a point silently to Joelle not to ask too many questions. The story is a juxtaposition between real, memory and a collective consciousness of a long gone people. The author's characterizations, physical descriptions of people and places, and most especially her ability to create real conversations among the characters is exceptional. Highly recommended as a good, quiet and deep read for teens who question who they are or feel that something is missing in their lives because they are adopted. A gentle yet powerful tale.
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January 1, 2008 – Finished Reading
May 30, 2008 – Shelved

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kelly Thanks IG - i added this to my want to read shelf - now I have a million 6 to read rather than just 1 mil!!!



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