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When her father wills her a cabin on land in rural Manitoba, Alexandra meets a young man who shares her Indian heritage and her experience of being haunted by spirits.
Alexandra Marie Sinclair has buffalo hair: Dark reddish brown, it's a mixture of the black hair of her Native American mother and the red of her Scottish father. Though Alex lives in the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, her grandfather has provided her with a strong connection to nature and the spirit world. She's never met her father, an alcoholic ne'er-do-well named Earl. Earl buys long-held family land from Lonny LeFrenière's French stepfather, Pop, a widower. Lonny doesn't want the land—two days before his mother's death he disturbed an ancient Indian burial mound there, and has carried his guilt like a heavy stone. When Earl dies and leaves the land to Alex, Lonny is prepared to hate her. Alex surprises him, however, for she's unlike any girl he's ever met. Brooks (Traveling on into the Light, 1994, etc.) spins a complex tale of love, loss, regret, and redemption, making seem effortless the weaving of the spirit world with everyday life. Grounding the story in clear-eyed descriptive details and bringing the characters to life with natural dialogue, Brooks alternates between Alex's and Lonny's perceptions until she pulls the two close, "Hip to hip, knee to knee . . . Just sitting side by side, together, on a big sunny rock."
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Posted January 9, 2003
Bone Dance By: Martha Brooks Copyright: 1997 by Martha Brooks Published: In the U. S. A. It¿s strange how so much can happen to people in so little time. Alexandra Marie Sinclair is left land by her father, a man she never met. This mysterious man that she has never seen is named Earl and is a alcoholic. Earl, Alexandra¿s father, brought the land from the LeFreniere family. The LaFreniere have a son named Lonny who immediately hates her as soon as he find out that she is getting the land. Lonny is going through hard times thinking he is the reason of his mother¿s death. Through out the story many events takes place that bring Lonny and Alex closer together. This is a gentle novel about two teenagers struggling through hard times. They are lead by spirits. Martha Brooks is a canadian author that writes many books involving teenagers and there struggles. She has many award winning novels. Her works always seem to involved dysfunctional homes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2001
I luv Done Dance. Its a book I don't mind sharing. It made me remember that families aren't always what we wanted it to be. THat sometimes it hurts. Sometimes, it leaves joy. Even though, everything might not be right. I luv'd her grandpa. He was sweet. I like his stories, reasoning of life. This story really made me think about my own life. Thats one reason why I read it about five times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2000
The Bone Dance was very interesting, it captured my attention during a boring novel study assignment.This book made it not so boring and it only took so many hours to finish.Thatnk you for writing this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2009
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