Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr audiobook

Swallow's Dance

By Wendy Orr
Read by Roslyn Oades

Bolinda Audio 9781772780628
6.70 Hours Unabridged
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Leira's family flee to the island of Crete just before a huge volcanic eruption destroys their island and sends a tsunami to where they thought they had found safety. I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? 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 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 reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety. A thrilling Bronze Age survival story from the acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song.

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Summary

Summary

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2018 for Middle-Graders

A 2019 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Pick for Kids and Teens

A USBBY Outstanding International Book for Grades 6 to 8

A CBC Pick  for Fall

Leira's family flee to the island of Crete just before a huge volcanic eruption destroys their island and sends a tsunami to where they thought they had found safety.

I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet?

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 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 reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira has only the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety. A thrilling Bronze Age survival story from the acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Turning the prose and poetry of Orr’s historical tale into an audiobook works well in telling the story of Leira…Rosalyn Oades’s dramatic narration portrays the characters’ increasingly dangerous situation…Oades’s narration portrays both the adults’ and Leira’s difficulties, along with her resolve to do what is necessary to save her family.” AudioFile
“Both a fascinating account of a real but forgotten society and an exploration of a young woman’s resilience and courage in the face of adversity, this is a highly recommended novel for nine- to twelve-year-old readers.” Winnipeg Free Press
“This stunning middle-grade novel is poetic, lyrical, and interspersed with elegant free-verse through which readers walk in Leira’s footsteps and share her many heartaches….Captivating throughout.” Historical Novels Review

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Author

Author Bio: Wendy Orr

Author Bio: Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Nim’s Island, which was made into the 2008 film of the same name; a 2013 sequel, Return to Nim’s Island, was loosely based on her book Nim at Sea. Her novel Dragonfly Song is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Kirkus Reviews Best Middle-Grade Books selection, among other honors.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 6.70
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English