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Drum Dance [NOOK Book]

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Historical fiction filled with adventure, suspense, and danger in Canada's Central Arctic, where Sir John Franklin and his crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage.

In the late 1930s, 17-year-old David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per, 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 ...

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Overview

Historical fiction filled with adventure, suspense, and danger in Canada's Central Arctic, where Sir John Franklin and his crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage.

In the late 1930s, 17-year-old David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per, 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.

David soon rethinks his decision to stay the full two years. But hoping to find the loving parent inside the drunken man, he tries to stick it out and follow Per's strict orders: absolutely no contact with the beautiful half-blood girl, Nipesha, nor the intimidating shaman, Naigo, who ignores Inuit tradition and chooses the white youth for his apprentice—a creepy old man who appears in David's room in the middle of the night, then vanishes before his eyes. David's life becomes hell as he deals with Per's alcoholism, Nipesha's seduction, his own ESP, and the unforgiving climate of a desolate island.

To escape an intolerable situation in a land where escape is nearly impossible, David risks his life by underestimating the weather—and his own heart—when he ignores a basic truth: The Arctic seldom gives a man a second chance.

"Birch bark canoes were made for rivers and lakes," Per said, "not the frigid waters of the Arctic. Fall out of this, you'll freeze before you drown!"

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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

  • BN ID: 2940011138102
  • Publisher: Bonnie Turner
  • Publication date: 11/14/2010
  • Series: North Wind Tales: Arctic Trilogy
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 126,231
  • File size: 248 KB

Meet the Author

Bonnie Turner is an independent publisher, proofreader, and author of middle-grade & young-adult fiction, adult historical fiction, romantic fiction, & middle-grade nonfiction. Her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991.Turner was born in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression (1932), and currently lives in De Pere, Wisconsin.
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  • Posted August 19, 2011

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    Extremely Well Written

    This shows how a child must cope with the decisions of a father, and make decisions of growing up. Very well written and even though it takes place in Alaska, you can feel some of the history in the 1920's. You travel back in time and can actually feel the cold weather embrace you as you read the trials and travels of the young man.

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    Posted November 29, 2011

    very good

    This book is a really good book. Im glad that my mum got this for me. Ive read this book about four times and im still not sick of it

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Not bad

    There were many parts where it was a little slow to get through, but definately a good story about the struggle to feel accepted by a long lost parent

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