Cassandra's Turn: A Tear Collector Novel

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Grumpy Dragon, 2013 - Families - 315 pages
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Cassandra Gray's life is just like that of any other teen. She has to juggle family life, school, and work. But unlike most teens, "family life" entails maintaining a centuries' old legacy with little to no information on how she and her relatives require tears as living fuel. "School" means spreading rumors, starting fights, and peer counseling to harvest precious drops from crying students. And "work" is volunteering at the hospital where weeping relatives help keep the Gray family matriarch alive. In-between it all, Cassandra has to dodge the cousin who threatens to kill her if she doesn't live up to her family obligations, try to chose between safe, caring Scott and mysterious, electric Caleb, and somehow keep her friend Samantha from spreading the truth about tear collectors all over school. Patrick Jones has again successfully mixed the supernatural with the ordinary surges of teen angst. This time, his teen voice is especially accurate because this book was edited and partly written by a group of five teenagers collectively known as The Elsinore Quills. Together they have picked up where The Tear Collector left off and revealed new dimensions to the generations of this family's deep secrets. Cassandra's journey will require her to have more courage than ever and be willing to take tear collectors in a whole new direction. Will she have the compassion, the strength, and the love to make it happen? Or will she succumb to the darkness of her family's unwritten legacy?

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Patrick Jones has experience of teaching in both primary and secondary schools, and subsequently became a head teacher of a primary school. He has undertaken advisory work and run local authority courses on music education. Most recently he has joined the Institute of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University as a senior lecturer teaching music education for generalists and specialist music courses, as well as art education and professional studies. He is leader for the PGCE Primary Programme at the MMU Didsbury site.

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