- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Aurorawolf Books; 1st edition (December 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0557855217
- ISBN-13: 978-0557855216
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,189,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drum Dance Paperback – December 6, 2010
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. -M. Wayne Cunningham, ForeWord Clarion Reviews
"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
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This book contains paranormal situations the author has personally experienced.
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But when David arrived, it was to find his father was not the man he remembered. Abusive and a drunk – his moods would swing from affectionate and helpful, to abusive and violent in a matter of moments. David regretted his decision and hated the intense and relentless cold; he decided though to make the best of his promise to remain for two years. The beauty of the young Inuit women, especially Nipesha frustrated him, especially as his father had told him to stay away from them. And he was also to have nothing to do with the local shaman Naigo – which proved to be nigh on impossible. But he did find some fascination with the Eskimo tradition of celebrating the arrival of the sun - the shaman would beat the drum in the fabled drum dance, while telling stories to his people.
But could David continue with the intolerable situation? The Arctic seldom gave any person a second chance…
Young Adult novel Drum Dance by Bonnie Turner has an intriguing plot; not at all like anything I’ve read before. Though this is book 3 in the series, and I haven't read the previous two, I thoroughly enjoyed the story of David’s growth from boyhood, and felt for him during his struggles. I have no hesitation in recommending Drum Dance to fans of the genre.
This is basically a character and culture study, and as such it excels. The pacing, however, is laborious and it takes quite a while for the plot to advance. I felt at some points the story stalled and much of the reading was repetitious in nature. The final quarter of the book picks up a good deal and the pacing advances rapidly.
Not quite what I expected, but an interesting read for those who like a book with in-depth character study.
I missed Books 1 and 2 - I hope I can read those also. Looking forward to Book 4 Pamela
This is a good book for older teens and young adults, to see how different there lives are,and how good they have it now. Also for anyone older who wants to know more about the Arctic life and remember different times.