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Martha Brooks

Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz singer whose books have been published worldwide and have earned her a Governor General award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work. She was raised in a medical family on the grounds of the now-defunct Manitoba Sanatorium, a setting and experience that inspired her new book, Queen of Hearts. The novel takes place in rural Manitoba during the Second World War and deals with surviving loss while finding friendship and love in surprising places.

Bone Dance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;
Grade Levels: 7; 8; 9; 10;

"Life is full of surprises, and sometimes the good and the bad get all bunched up together." Alexandra's beloved grandfather said this often. But nothing could have prepared her for the death of her father, a man she never knew and his legacy, a cabin on prairie land near an ancient Native American burial ground. It is at the cabin that she meets Lonny, who seems more troubled than Alexandra. Lonny''s stepfather had once owned that very same cabin and land and always wanted it to go to Lonny. But Lonny, tormented by guilty memories and disturbing visions, refused to take it. Who would have thought it would it end up in the hands of a city girl like Alexandra? He tries not to like her, but is drawn to her nevertheless.
As their story unfolds, Lonny and Alex are haunted and guided by spirits that draw them to the land and to each other in this moving and tender tale about two unforgettable teens.

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