Drum Danceby Bonnie Turner
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)
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.
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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
The Haunted Igloo
Down the Memory Hole
Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins
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.
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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