Thorn

Thorn

by Betty Levin

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Overview

Thorn by Betty Levin

Thorn is condemned to the sea by the people of the High Island because of his crippled leg. To save him, his father builds a boat and sails into the unknown searching for the land his parents came from, a land destroyed by a giant wave. The survivors call themselves the People of the Singing Seals and they are ambivalent about Thorn joining them. Only the Great Mother who is trying to recover the history of her tribe and Willow, a young woman who is apprenticed to her, risk getting close to Thorn. The fate of the People of the Singing Seals is precarious: few children are born, most of those are malformed. The tribe is dying. Is Thorn with his shriveled leg and strange ways a good omen or a threat?

Betty Levin has written a deeply layered tale examining the relationship between past and future, history and fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932425468
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 11/28/2005
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Betty Levin was born in New York City and she currently lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She is a sheep farmer, border collie trainer, and children's novelist. Her many books include The Keeping Room, The Ice Bear, The Trouble With Gramary, Fire in the Wind, Island Bound, Shadow-Catcher, Away to Me, Moss, and Shoddy Cove. She has taught at Pine Manor Open College, Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Radcliffe Seminars. She is a former fellow of the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She was a founding member of the Board of Children's Literature New England, and in 2000 received the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Foundation for Children's Books.

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