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Title:
Swallow's dance
ISBN:
9781772780628
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Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Pajama Press, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
General Note:
Published simultaneously with Allen & Unwin: Crow's Nest, New South Wales, Australia, 2018.
Summary:
Leira is starting her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption and tsunami throw the entire world into darkness. In the resulting chaos, Leira finds her noble-born privilege reduced to nothing; alone with her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira's only hope of survival is her own resourcefulness.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6 10 197319.
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Summary

Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home--and her family--in pieces. And the earth goddess hasn't finished with the island yet.With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born are reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira must find the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety.A thrilling new Bronze Age survival story from the award-winning author of Dragonfly Song and Nim's Island.


Author Notes

Wendy Orr is the author of Rescue on Nim's Island which made the Wilderness Society 2015 children's book award shortlist in the category of Fiction. Her book, Dragonfly Song, was a joint winner of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for children's nonfiction. Dragonfly Song also won the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Children's literature.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Leira's sheltered life of privilege is all she has ever known. Her biggest concern is becoming a woman so she can start her priestess rites. Her people believe the earth goddess will protect them if the proper rituals and sacrifices are carried out, but an earthquake rocks their existence. Leira's mother is crushed inside their home and suffers severe brain damage, and eventually her family chooses to take their chances by boarding a boat to Crete. As tragedy upon tragedy befalls the sweet but naive Leira in this Bronze Age-set tale, readers will cheer for her to succeed, grow, and to find her way in this new world. Some chapters written in verse make the more emotional plot lines sing. An eye-opening look at how difficult it is when one's status changes in life, and how attitude can shape outcome. VERDICT Beautiful writing and a fast-moving plot will give young historical fiction fans much to love.-Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Leira is one of the Swallow Clan on the Minoan island of Thera in the Bronze Age, beginning her "learning," after which she will be a priestess, like other women in her clan. Her happy existence is cut short, however, when an earthquake devastates the whole island, severely injuring her mother and leaving them homeless. First they take refuge at a farm, but Leira's father, a merchant sea captain, interprets an oracle's message as a warning of more disaster to come. Leira and her family sail to the island of Crete, but after Leira's father and brother leave to gather goods, a volcano near Thera erupts (an actual event), a tsunami almost wipes out the city, and Leira is left to help her injured mother and their slave, Nunu, on a perilous journey to safety. As she faces the demands of sheer survival, Leira gradually realizes that the privileges afforded to her, thanks to her social status, are meaningless, and she starts taking on whatever unpleasant job she must to protect herself and her family. There are no miracles and no clear answers for Leira, but she learns to love what she has and that she can cope with anything. Leira's lyrical first-person narrative advances the story along beautifully with a fitting sense of urgency, and free-verse songs clue readers in to her emotional development. Immersive historical fiction.--Donna Scanlon Copyright 2018 Booklist