Many Stones by Carolyn Coman

Many Stones by Carolyn Coman

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Gr 8 Up-Berry Morgan is weighed down by Many Stones (Front Street, 2000), as she deals with the murder of her older sister, Laura, and the continuing strain in her relationship with her self-absorbed father. Award-winning author Carolyn Coman has artfully captured the complex emotional terrains of teen grief and family conflict. Frequent forays into Berry’s interior dialogue explore her anger and need for reconciliation. Most of this is set in South Africa, where Laura was killed, and father and daughter are dedicating a memorial sculpture. The people and the events that have transformed that nation in recent decades are skillfully woven into the story, along with glimpses of wild life in Kruger National Park. Berry finally recognizes that learning about South Africa, and time alone with her father, have helped her begin the process of healing. With a perfect blend of insolence and anguish, narrator Mandy Siegfried helps listeners care about a very believable teen. Good quality is evident in the sound, and in the information on the cassettes and case. Many Stones provides valuable insights into how both nations and individuals can cope with shattering losses and make new beginnings. This superior recording has a great deal to offer teens and adults, and it will be well received in public and school libraries.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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