Drum Dance

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Seventeen-year-old David Jansson moves to an isolated fur-trading post at Gjoa Haven to live with his father, Per Jansson, manager for the Hudson's Bay Company. David hasn't seen his dad for five years, and the hot-tempered man he finds is not the gentle father he remembers-he has become a domineering, abusive alcoholic. A loving reunion between the two seems unlikely as father and son desire the same girl; the Inuit shaman ignores local customs and chooses the white youth for his apprentice; and Per hides a ...
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Overview

Seventeen-year-old David Jansson moves to an isolated fur-trading post at Gjoa Haven to live with his father, Per Jansson, manager for the Hudson's Bay Company. David hasn't seen his dad for five years, and the hot-tempered man he finds is not the gentle father he remembers-he has become a domineering, abusive alcoholic. A loving reunion between the two seems unlikely as father and son desire the same girl; the Inuit shaman ignores local customs and chooses the white youth for his apprentice; and Per hides a chilling family secret behind a bottle of rum. To escape an intolerable situation in a land where escape is nearly impossible, David stubbornly risks his life by underestimating the weather ... and his own heart. A young-adult coming-of-age novel with paranormal overtones, Drum Dance is set in Canada's central Arctic in the late 1930s, in the same location where explorers froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage. (Teens/Adults)
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Editorial Reviews

Red Haircrow
"Drum Dance" begins with a believable premise many people might identify with: the attempt to get know a parent again after being separated for some time. As young David is flown to the icy trading post which his father manages, the battle through the elements was particularly outstanding.... The supporting characters, mostly in the form of natives, were "real" for me, and the main character David, likeable. I was satisfied with the story as a whole, and found the work one to admire.
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
“Booksellers, librarians and readers are always saying they’re looking for something original to read. Well, they need look no further than Drum Dance, a refreshing YA novel with an accomplished voice and a strong sense of place.” ~Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Twin’s Daughter, Little Women and Me, and The Bro-Magnet
M. Wayne Cunningham
Packed with action and adventure and set in the Canadian Arctic in the late 1930s, the intriguing plot blends Inuit traditions with the external conflicts between a seventeen-year-old Canadian, David Jansson, and his despotic forty-one-year-old father, Per. The well-researched Drum Dance cleverly interweaves just enough Arctic history, place names, and Inuit language to evoke the culture of the north, the traditions of Eskimo storytelling, and the hardships of Arctic living.
Loretta Giacoletto
DRUM DANCE -- A Must Read

Mature teenagers and adults will appreciate the quality writing in DRUM DANCE, combined with a 1930s plot that stands up well in today's society. Bonnie Turner transports her readers to a part of the world most of us will never experience first-hand, in particular the Inuit Indian culture and hardships of living in the Arctic region of Canada.
Albert Robbins III
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, being that I am not that much into YA. However, I was surprised with the prose and skill that this author so gleefully attack our senses with. I really connected with the characters and enjoyed the story from beginning to end therefore I recommend this as a buy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780557855216
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Appreciating the written word from childhood, Bonnie Turner began her career while in high school, writing poetry that helped bridge and soothe her confusing teens years. With no formal writing lessons, teaching herself to think on paper, typewriters & computers has been a long but satisfying struggle for this author.

From Turner's early interest in huskies, dogsleds, and the Inuit culture came her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo (Houghton Mifflin, 1991). After the book was published, she visited classrooms with a life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing, and passing out "polar bear hugs" along with her autograph. Her favorite fan letter: "Mrs. Turner, I'll give you a million dollars for that book!"

Born in Independence, Missouri, Bonnie Turner was transplanted to Wisconsin in 1984. She is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Among her favorite pets are a Siberian husky named Oniktok (Tokka is in husky heaven now) and a feisty tortoiseshell cat named Jazzy, who creates more mischief than a bull in a china shop.

Turner is self-educated beyond high school. Her interests include reading and writing, crossword puzzles, jazz and classical music, yoga, metaphysics, astronomy, geography, the polar regions and global warming. She's a "jack of all trades," a Mensa *almost* and a Scorpio witch born on Halloween. Among her favorite books: Giants in the Earth and Steamboat Gothic. She is a long-time fan of Mark Twain and James A. Michener.

BOOKS BY BONNIE TURNER

Children:

The Haunted Igloo
Spirit Lights
Down the Memory Hole
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins
Bridges Ahead

Adult:

Drum Dance (literary-historical)
Face the Winter Naked (literary-historical)

Works in progress:

There's a Snake in my Apple (a collection of one-act comedies)
Super Mental Magic (the author's ESP experiences)
The Ghost of Calico Acres (a novel set in southwestern Wisconsin)

On the horizon:

Jazzbaby, a young-adult novel set in the Flapper era.
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Turner's motto: A writer is an artist who paints pictures with words.

Words to live by:

* LIKE *always* attracts LIKE in the realm of mind. -Napoleon Hill

* Whatever the mind of man can see and believe, can be achieved. -ESP researcher, Harold Sherman

*Movement creates energy
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