The title may be somewhat misleading, as this somber story is not about endangered species or a native tribe. Rather, it is the poignant portrait of a family—especially the relationship between two sisters—shattered by sudden, senseless devastation. Almost 11, Joss has longed to have her own horse—a dream about to come true on her birthday. But no one could foresee the disaster as family dynamics are irrevocably severed.
Narrated by 13-year-old Kate this book reveals sisterly intimacies and suppressed rivalries, while praising the role of devoted friends and kindly adults. Far from saccharine, this book will lead young readers into serious reflection on the fragility of human life; the "personal myth" of teenagers precludes acceptance that tragedy could occur in their own family, or to their close friends or even themselves. Each person must cope with grief in his or her own way, for death is always hardest for those who remain behind.
March 14, 2012.I welcome dialogue with teachers.)
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|Title||Beat the Turtle Drum|
|Author||Constance C. Greene|
|File size||5.1 Mb|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
|Book rating||4.1 (177 votes)
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