Drum Dance

Drum Dance A young adult historical novel set in Canada s central Arctic in the late s Seventeen year old David Jansson moves to an isolated fur trading post at Gjoa Haven to live with his estranged father

  • Title: Drum Dance
  • Author: Bonnie Turner
  • ISBN: 9780557855216
  • Page: 145
  • Format: Paperback
  • A young adult historical novel set in Canada s central Arctic in the late 1930s.Seventeen year old David Jansson moves to an isolated fur trading post at Gjoa Haven to live with his estranged father, Per Jansson, manager for the Hudson s Bay Company Expecting a loving reunion when he arrives on the harsh, sunless island in late February, David instead finds an alcoholic fA young adult historical novel set in Canada s central Arctic in the late 1930s.Seventeen year old David Jansson moves to an isolated fur trading post at Gjoa Haven to live with his estranged father, Per Jansson, manager for the Hudson s Bay Company Expecting a loving reunion when he arrives on the harsh, sunless island in late February, David instead finds an alcoholic father with a flash temper David s struggle to stay sane amid conflict over a half blood Inuit girl, a shaman who sees the youth s potential for shamanism, plus David s chilling psychic abilities, lead him to risk his life by underestimating the weather and his own heart in the same area where Sir John Franklin and his crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage Teens Adults

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    1. After David Jansson’s mother died, he spent his time with his aunt and uncle at Peace River in Alberta – but when his father sent for him, he decided to join him if only to get to know him again. David hadn’t seen his father in five years. Per Jansson was manager for the Hudson’s Bay Company at the small, isolated trading post of Gjoa Haven in the Arctic in Canada. Seventeen when he travelled, David’s journey in the small plane with Mac was a terrifying one; he wondered what on earth h [...]

    2. “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 re [...]

    3. Overall, I enjoyed Drum Dance. It was a good coming of age story and a great father/son story. I think the author did a great job describing the terrain, the weather conditions and the Eskimos and their ways; I felt like I was really there! Characters were pretty well mapped out; you felt you knew how they would react with the turning of the story--and there were some good twists and turns!The only reason this does not get 5 stars is because I think the tension could have been tweaked and ratche [...]

    4. I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, being that I am not that much into YA. However, I was surprised with the prose and skill that this author so gleefully attack our senses with. I really connected with the characters and enjoyed the story from beginning to end therefore I recommend this as a buy.

    5. DRUM DANCE -- a must-read for mature teenagers and adults who appreciate quality writing combined with a 1930s plot that stands up well in today’s society. Bonnie Turner transports her readers to a part of the world most of us will never experience first-hand, in particular the Inuit Indian culture and hardships of living in the Arctic region of Canada.

    6. I wasn't sure about reading a young adult book but I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It held my interest and I would recommend it to high school students.

    7. I really like certain elements of this book, but I didn’t love it altogether. I loved the setting and it’s obvious that the author has done her research on native Inuit tribal legends and society. I like that she didn’t shy away from some of the elements of the culture that might seem weird to an American audience. I was really excited to see that this takes place in the 1930s, during the Great Depression; however the time frame seemed to play little part in the story. I also liked the sto [...]

    8. 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 read [...]

    9. Though the story line seemed interesting, the story was actually boring. It was long and drawn out. I would have loved to see more history, more facts about the area in this book. The unlying sexual tension wasn't very well plotted. The abuse from the father did make for some interesting reading, but for the most part, this book made me bored. There was no major drama that kept you reading. There was nothing to hold the reader. It was just average and dull.

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