Spotlight On Indie Author Aurorawolf
My name is Bonnie Turner and I'm the author of four middle-grade books, one YA, and one adult historical novel. Born on Halloween in Independence, Missouri, I now live in De Pere, Wisconsin.
My YA novel, Drum Dance, has made it through the quarter finals in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards contest, heading next for semi-finals. :) People are loving this book! Y'all keep your fingers, eyes and legs crossed for me! LOL
Next on my writing list is a nonfiction book, a ghost story, and a YA set in the Flapper area.
ForeWord Clarion Review
YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Four Stars (out of Five)
Billed as a young-adult, coming-of-age story, Bonnie Turner
Here are my books
|The Haunted Igloo|
For someone afraid of the dark, living in the Arctic is a severe test of courage. There the sun doesn't shine for several months. Jean-Paul, a young Canadian boy, struggles to hide his fear and adjust to life in the Northwest Territories, where he is taunted and excluded from activities by a group of Inuit boys because of his small size and a limp caused by a birth defect.
When Jean-Paul finally succeeds in impressing the boys with the tricks he's taught his husky, Sasha, they agree to let him join their club, the Ice Patrol. But as part of the initiation, they force him into a deserted igloo that is rumored to be haunted, where he must remain for two hours. The forced imprisonment, with no light and only Sasha for company, proves to be just the beginning of the most serious challenges to face Jean-Paul in the harsh Arctic environment.
Set in the 1930s, this novel is an exciting story of ordeal and courage, of friendship and loyalty. Readers will sympathize immediately with young Jean-Paul and will be charmed by Sasha, the beautiful husky puppy that steals everyone's heart.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Several years ago, while living in Michigan, Bonnie Turner and her family adopted a husky named Sasha, the same name as Jean-Paul's dog in the story. For Bonnie Turner, that exciting event led to a lasting interest in Inuit culture and life in the Arctic, and to the writing of The Haunted Igloo.
But while Sasha may have spurred the author's interest in writing this book, she has always enjoyed writing and telling stories to children and comes from a family of artists and poets. The Haunted Igloo is her first book for children.
After the first edition of The Haunted Igloo was published, the author visited local schools with a handmade, life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing, and passing out polar bear hugs along with her autograph. Her huge supply of fan mail testifies to the popularity of this heart-warming book set in the Arctic.
Bonnie Turner lives in Wisconsin.
|Face the Winter Naked|
Daniel Tomelin, a shell-shocked veteran haunted by the carnage of the First World War, abandons his family in the Great Depression and goes on the road in search of relief from his nightmares. The life of a freight-hopping, banjo-strumming hobo appeals to him more than he wants to admit. But he insists he's not a bum - he's a family man looking for work; a down-and-out victim of the Depression, whose war flashbacks and guilt for leaving his family accompany him through the hills of Missouri.
Compassionate, humorous, and warm, despite the economic hardships of the era, Face the Winter Naked will appeal to readers who enjoy tales of survival in the Great Depression. Stories of desperate men who couldn't handle the realities of war or financial ruin. Men who dearly loved their families but hadn't the courage to stay and accept responsibility. The story pulls the reader back to a tragic period in history, where people either learned to cope with poverty - or perished.
From the Back Cover
~"FACE THE WINTER NAKED is a gorgeously written and evocative novel of an earlier economic crisis: the Great Depression. Readers looking for a stunning read, intelligent and emotional on every level, will not be disappointed." ~~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of Crazy Beautiful and the The Education of Bet
"Bonnie Turner's Face the Winter Naked is a beautifully written tale of strength, hope, love, and despair. Within the pages of this book, the era of the Great Depression unfolds into sharply focused reality, and the people who were impacted the most by that time of financial desperation come to life. Ms. Turner is an excellent storyteller, and I found myself completely immersed in her narrative." Bobby@bookwenches.com
"Bonnie Turner's Face the Winter Naked is set during the Great Depression, but her story encompasses issues that reach far beyond that era and know no time constraints--war. Political strife. Economic collapse. Environmental catastrophe. Division of families. Cruelty and oppression. Poverty, inequity, and all the faces of prejudice. But it is also about love. And faith. And strength. And hope, forgiveness, and perseverance.
Face the Winter Naked provides an engrossing read in which Turner interweaves history, geography, and a compelling love story. More than that, it is a story that looks beyond the surface, delving into the inner workings of the human mind--a powerful narrative that illuminates larger issues of humanity that are timeless and volatile and just as apropos today as decades ago." ~~ Karen Donley-Hayes, M.A.I.S., author and editor
|Down the Memory Hole|
His summer vacation is ruined when twelve-year-old Buzz Collins is forced to share his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is heartbreaking enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson's name, wears adult diapers, and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies, someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty.
Buzz thinks Alzheimer's is caused by a traumatic event, such as the train accident that killed Grandpa's brother Barkley. When Grandpa's mind wanders and he mistakes Buzz for Barkley, Buzz assumes the role of his great uncle, and in the process he develops compassion and appreciation for his grandfather.
The situation turns deadly when Buzz and Mitch - whose friendship Buzz refuses to end - attempt to cure Grandpa of Alzheimer's disease by recreating the train accident on a hot summer day. (Ages 9-12+)
Readers who enjoyed the movie "Stand By Me" will enjoy this coming-of-age novel.
This is a story beautifully told and without false sentimentality which would ruin it. Excellent! -- Ian Ruxton, Kitakyushu, Japan; English instructor, co-author & translator of Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan; 2/4/05
Using believable characters, the author leads us through a variety of emotions and insights about the human condition. -- Matthew Blevins; poet, author of Celebrations of Being; 2/16/05
Spirit Lights is a coming-of-age MG/YA novel, sequel to The Haunted Igloo.
Returning to the Arctic after a two-year absence, twelve-year-old Jean-Paul has overcome his old fear of the dark, but discovers that his best Inuit friend, Chinook, is afraid of "spirit lights."
One dark polar night, after searching by dogsled for a crashed plane, Jean-Paul hears sounds from the direction of an aurora. His friends Chinook and the girl Kunee say the spirits in the lights are speaking, warning of danger, but Jean-Paul *knows* auroras can't talk!
Or can they?
Fans of Gary Paulsen, Scott O'Dell, and Jack London will enjoy this book. (ages 12 & up)
About the Author
From Bonnie Turner's early interest in huskies, dogsleds, and the Inuit culture came her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo. (Houghton Mifflin, 1991)
After that book was published, Turner visited classrooms with a life-size Inuit doll and lectured students on the importance of reading and writing ... and passed out *polar bear* hugs along with her autograph. Spirit Lights is the long-awaited sequel to The Haunted Igloo.
Bonnie Turner lives in Wisconsin.
|Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins|
When America was young, many individuals left their footprints in the sands of time as they explored the unknown from east to west. In 1805, a young Shoshone woman named Sacajawea joined the Lewis and Clark expedition as an interpreter, and with a papoose on her back, helped explore America's northwest while searching for a route to the Pacific Ocean. This time-honored true story of the hardships of the expedition, in particular that of Sacajawea and her baby son, Jean-Baptist (Pomp), is now retold in a different format for young readers. (Ages 8-12)
Drum Dance is a young-adult novel set in the late 1930s at Gjoa Haven, in Canada
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