Parched

Parched

by Melanie Crowder

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Overview

In this haunting, lyrical novel told from three perspectives, Sarel has just witnessed the violent murder of her parents. But she is not completely alone on the drought-ridden land. Nandi is the leader of a pack of dogs who looks out for her pups and for skinny Sarel-girl. Nandi knows they are all in trouble, and she knows, too, that a boy is coming—an escaped prisoner with the water song inside him. A hard-hitting but ultimately hopeful survival story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547976518
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Melanie Crowder is a ceramicist, painter, and sculptor who has taught K–8 art in many venues, including the public school system. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. She lives in the foothills of the Rockies. This is her first novel. Visit her website at melaniecrowder.net.

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"Brutally beautiful, this is a story that both inspires and sounds an alarm, a story of courage and heart. Just like Musa’s ability to tap into water, it asks us to tap into our own humanity, even though it might be more deeply hidden than we can imagine."—Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Underneath

"A thrilling, imaginative soul quencher. Crowder’s stunning debut is sure to become a modern classic."—Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer

"Spare, unflinching, and beautifully written, this novel walks the line between magic and reality."—Franny Bilingsley, National Book Award finalist for Chime

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