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Dr. Short is a division director at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and curriculum/materials developer. Her work at CAL has concentrated on the integration of language learning with content-area instruction. Through several national projects, she has conducted research and provided professional development and technical assistance to local and state education agencies across the United States. She directed the ESL Standards and Assessment Project for TESOL and co-developed the SIOP model for sheltered instruction.
Professor, College of Education Temple University Dr. Michael Smith joined the ranks of college teachers after eleven years of teaching high school English. He has won awards for his teaching at both the high school and college levels. His research focuses on how experienced readers read and talk about texts, as well as what motivates adolescents' reading and writing both in and out of school. He has written eight books and monographs, including "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys": Literacy in the Lives of Young Men, for which he and his co-author received the 2003 David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English. His writing has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, English Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Research, Journal of Literacy Research, and Research in the Teaching of English.
Associate Professor, Literacy Education Northern Illinois University Dr. Alfred Tatum began his career as an eighth-grade teacher, later becoming a reading specialist and discovering the power of texts to reshape the life outcomes of struggling readers. His current research focuses on the literacy development of African American adolescent males, and he provides teacher professional development to urban middle and high schools. He serves on the National Advisory Reading Committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and is active in a number of literacy organizations. In addition to his book Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, he has published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, Journal of College Reading and Learning, and Principal Leadership. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"An author's style has a lot to do with the success of an audio book...One writer whose works on the mark for listeners every time is Tony Hillerman...Hillerman is a former newspaper reporter, and his novels have a journalistic feel. His sentences tend to be straightforward, and they translate well to tape...An editor for Recorded Books said Hillerman's books are "very crisply written, and he leaves a lot to the imagination. Some writers put in too much detail. He leaves a lot of room for the listener."...Actor Michael Ansara, who has portrayed native Americans on television and in films, is the reader for Audio Partners' work. His reading is crisp and clear, with a touch of gravity." -- Indianapolis Star, September 1991
"High entertainment, an aesthetically satisfying glimpse of the still-powerful tribal mysteries." -- The New York Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B000FC11BU
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1214 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062821725
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,778 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dance Hall of the Dead is the second novel in Hillerman's series. (In fact, the author didn't introduce Chee until the fourth book.) The action unfolds over the first six days of December, as winter first threatens, then descends on the high plateau of the Four Corners. Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Nation Police is dispatched across the border to meet with the chief of the Zuñi police. Two teenage boys, one Navajo and the other Zuñi, have gone missing, and foul play is suspected. Leaphorn's unhappy assignment is to track down the fourteen-year-old Navajo boy, George Bowlegs, who appears to have disappeared somewhere within the vast Navajo Nation. Bowlegs' friend, twelve- (almost thirteen-) year-old Ernesto Cata, may have been murdered, as a copious amount of blood has been found at the site where the two were to meet. Meanwhile, several other law enforcement agencies have become involved, including the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Law and Order Division, the local New Mexico county sheriff, the Zuñi police, and (for reasons that are not at all clear at first) the DEA. The case threatens to become a jurisdictional nightmare. When the Navajo Police investigate a crime on their land, they're usually on their own, and unhappy if anyone interferes.
As Leaphorn doggedly pursues his investigation, he comes into close contact with a team of anthropologists who are digging for ancient Native artifacts, a small hippie commune, a Franciscan brother who runs a local school, Bowlegs' drunken father, and the masked kachinas preparing for a major Zuñi religious festival.
As Hillerman explains, "The word 'kachina' had three meanings. They were the ancestor spirits of the Zuñi. Or the masks worn to impersonate these spirits. Or the small wooden dolls the Zuñis made to represent them." The author's attention to detail in Dance Hall of the Dead is remarkable, conveying a strong sense of the rugged Southwestern landscape and the cultural and religious character of the people.
In addition to the eighteen books in the Leaphorn and Chee series, Tony Hillerman wrote four other novels and seven nonfiction books or memoirs. His work was widely recognized by his peers, winning him numerous literary awards and gaining him the presidency of the Mystery Writers of America for a year. Hillerman died in 2008. His daughter Anne is continuing the Navajo Police series; she has published three of those books to date.
A young Navajo boy who for whatever reason wants to be Zuni is the key character. But his best friend IS Zuni and is murdered. Who? Why? The FBI become involved but Leaphorn's sole assignment is to find George Bowlegs before it's too late. Did he see something? Did he hear something? Or did he kill his friend? And if so, why?
As the story unfolds, it pulls you (like Hillerman does so well) deeper into the mystery until you find yourself picking up the book right after you put it down. One more chapter you say to yourself. Just one more chapter...
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What I would have liked was to get more insight into the mind of the lead detective Leaphorn - we don't find out much about his world view or opinions, except that he is conscientious and likes to do his job properly. The solution was (I thought) fairly easy to guess at, but I enjoyed the ride. Not outstanding, but I may read another in the series to see if I become hooked.
Did Bowlegs commit the crime? Can he be tracked down by Leaphorn? Why are the FBI bringing in drugs specialists? The crime element is thus part manhunt, part police procedural and part whodunnit.
The real stars of the book are the beautiful descriptions of the Arizona landscape and the author's intimacy with Native American culture. At first this is a little overwhelming and the short opening chapter required a couple of re-reads given the flurry of Native terms. There are some nice cultural counterpoints, especially the comparison of the secrecy of Zuni ceremonial details and the sanctity of the Catholic confession; both of which hinder the successful solution of the crime.
The crime element was , in truth, relatively mundane. There are only a couple of viable suspects and it really feels like this is the backdrop to the book rather than its driving force. The interest is in what it tells you about this way of life and for that you should be educated and entertained.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 9, 2019