After her husband dies, Marnie remains in the quiet village to help a deaf boy learn sign language, yet the villagers fear her and soon believe that she is a witch who may have caused her husband's death through the power of her strange hand gestures.
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New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan has crafted a riveting story, reminiscent of the work of Thomas Hardy, that's shimmering with the romanticism of a fairy tale but told with the vivid detail and suspense of a modern novel. In an ancient time, a newlywed girl is taken to a seaside thatched cottage by her much older husband. His drunken lovemaking repels her, but Marnie must endure because he is the lord's middle son and she has married him to save her family from starvation. When he is killed in a fall, she feels more release than grief, in spite of the village rumors that she caused his death with a witch's curse. Suspicions grow when she befriends an outcast, a "mad" boy called Raver whose rages and yammerings look to villagers like the work of the devil. But Marnie realizes that the boy is deaf, and his bursts of anger come from his inability to communicate. With the help of the kindly and wise village priest, she begins to invent a sign language for him. A tender love grows between them in the cottage, but Marnie still fears the marriage bed. Meanwhile, the scandalized villagers spy on the "witch," and at last force her to endure the bloodcurdling ordeal of trial by hot iron. Readers will gobble up this entrancing story, and may want to move on to Cynthia Voigt's Jackaroo, Michael Cadnum's In a Dark Wood, and perhaps Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. (Ages 12 to 15) --Patty CampbellAbout the Author:
Sherryl Jordan writes: "All my life I have felt a great affinity with deaf people, and have loved sign language. For several years I worked with profoundly deaf children in schools, and spoke with them through signs. Marnie's dealings with Raven -- her difficulties, frustration, despair, joy, and triumph -- are all things I have experienced."
Sherryl Jordan is the author of Winter of Fire, an IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice, a Bank Street School of Education Children's Book of the Year, an ALA/YALSA Recommended Book for the Reluctant Young Adult Reader, and an ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults; Wolf-Woman, an ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Juniper Game, an IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She lives in Tauranga, New Zealand.
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Descripción Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110689821409
Descripción Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0689821409