Many Stones

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Puffin Books, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 158 pages
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Berry Morgan's older sister Laura was the one who got along best with their father, even after he moved out. Their interest in world events and action kept Berry on the outside. After college, Laura decided to work as a school volunteer in Capetown, South Africa-and, in a nightmare straight from the headlines, was brutally murdered. A year and a half later, Mr. Morgan arranges a trip to South Africa, so they can attend Laura's memorial service. It is a trip that, if they let it, will transform the two of them, and may break the long silence of grief so that Berry and her father can finally begin to talk with each other. "In plain words, as hard as stones, this small, riveting book connects the anguish in one family with the struggle of a country to come to terms with its savage past." (Booklist, starred review)

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Sparely written, powerfully told story of Berry, a girl dealing with her sister's death and her troubled relationship with her dad. Coman gets inside her protagonist's head with an extraordinary amount of sensitivity and empathy. Read full review

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First person, father/daughter conflict, South Africa. The conflict between the two main characters is so authentic and with the struggles of South Africa as the backdrop the book is hugely impactful ... Read full review


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Carolyn Coman is the author of What Jamie Saw, winner of a Newbery Honor, among other highly acclaimed novels. She lives in New Hampshire.

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