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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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,156,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read Drum Dance on the recommendation of a friend to whom I am grateful. I loved being transported, while still in my warm and cozy living room, into the below-freezing, wind-swept world of the Canadian Arctic. I had doubted before that igloos of childish imagination really were livable, warm and comfortable, even large enough to host parties. And that seal blubber and other strange things were good to eat. The author's knowledge of how a different culture lives is awesome. Drum Dance tells how a boy on the cusp of manhood and his father, who has many demons, reunite in a most inhospitable place. The drama between young David and forty-something Per contains manly affection, unresolved anger over wounds from the past, disillusionment and reconciliation. All against the backdrop of an unforgiving world of snow and ice. As the saying goes in the Arctic, "one mistake is all one is allowed." The author of this book has made very few. Drum Dance is a great read. I highly recommend it.
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"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. Not trying to stereotype all seventeen year olds, but I found some of the thought processes, reasoning and observations suggesting experiences were somewhat beyond the main character's years, and more representative of a matured man in his thirties. I realize, however, this is taking into consideration the time period as well as David's expressed Christian upbringing. Perhaps this was an unspoken element dating the setting, for many young people then had responsibilities beyond some of the social media, fashion and/or entertainment obsessed adolescents of today, so very self-centred in concerns.

Some things which worked against the pacing for me was the fact it is a dialogue heavy manuscript where the speaker isn't always clearly confined, which I sometimes found confusing. Changes in sentence and paragraph structure might have helped this. I felt providing scene details and background information would have been better served in smaller portions at a time, or at set times within a scene which didn't isolate sentences of a conversation. Such as in the scene when David meets his father again after long years of separation, during a rather emotional exchange, we're panned off to a couple of paragraphs describing the room before it picks up again. There are some editing issues, especially towards the end but I would attribute this to the fact I was supplied with a final manuscript in .doc form and not the finished .pdf version.
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An enjoyable read with lush descriptions. The author clearly knows her material and effortlessly transports the reader to the bitter cold of a trading post in the arctic where a painful family reunion ensues between the book’s seventeen-year-old central character and his father.

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.
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This is a very fascinating and interesting book to read. I've often wondered how people can live and enjoy life in cold, cold climates. This is a story about a young man coming of age and the struggle to build a relationship with his alcoholic father after being apart for years. And, of course, living in a very difficult environment and isolation. I enjoyed learning something about a very different culture.
I missed Books 1 and 2 - I hope I can read those also. Looking forward to Book 4 Pamela
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By point of reference, I am 64 years old and Bernard Cornwell is my favorite author. Though this book bears little resemblance to his work, I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline as well as a glimpse of a time, place, and culture I know little about. Vastly better than the silly " Ian Fleming Files " story I recently wasted my time on.
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I really enjoyed this book. Drum Dance conveys a realistic vision of what life must be like in the far north. There is plenty of drama and suspense, and I couldn't help reading just one more page...
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Family reunions are never what you hope for them to be. "Drum Dance" tells the story of young David Jansson, who reunites with his father after a half decade of separation. But with his father's demons, his only comfort comes in a local girl, who wants to show David the spiritual side of Hudson bay. A story of the Canadian Arctic in the 1930s, "Drum Dance" is a fascinating novel with many angles that will prove it hard to put down.
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Drum Dance is an excellent book--the story is beautifully written and well crafted, with a thoughtful young protagonist readers are going to root for and remember. Also fascinating and well-rendered was the cultural and historical detail, both of which infuse this story with great significance and power. Fabulous read for teens and adults alike!
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