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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.

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Drum Dance
Bonnie Turner
Aurorawolf Books
978-0-557-85521-6
Four Stars (out of Five)

Billed as a young-adult, coming-of-age story, Bonnie Turner’s novel deals with some pretty mature adult themes. Packed with action and adventure and set in the Canadian Arctic in the late 1930s, the intriguing plot blends Inuit traditions with the external conflicts between a seventeen-year-old Canadian, David Jansson, and his despotic forty-one-year-old father, Per, while they simultaneously struggle against their own inner demons. And while David finds solace in memories of and visitations from his dead mother, his father sinks ever deeper into alcoholic degradation.

A companion volume to Turner’s earlier children’s novel, Spirit Lights, the well-researched Drum Dance cleverly interweaves just enough Arctic history, place names, and Inuit language to evoke the culture of the north, the traditions of Eskimo storytelling, and the hardships of Arctic living, especially during 1938 and 1939. For that two-year span David pledges with his estranged father to leave the Peace River home he shares with his maternal aunt and uncle and to come live with his dad in Gjoa Haven where Per manages the Hudson Bay Company trading post. Here the Netsilik stories of explorers Roald Amundsen and Sir John Franklin abound, and the festivities of the drum dances for occasions, including the arrival of the supply ship, relieve the tedium of time and the ravages of weather. As the two become reacquainted, David’s favorable boyhood memories of his dad are shattered as Per, fuelled by contraband whiskey and rum, becomes increasingly abusive to his son. To add to Per’s anger, David, known to the Inuit as “Krek” (White Hair), has been willingly seduced by a local girl, Nipesha, and fallen under the spell of Naigo, the resident Shaman. Rebelling against his father’s abuse, especially when he uncovers a secret about his mother’s death and Per’s current sexual intimacy with Nipesha, David rashly decides to escape Gjoa Haven by canoe. But he is forcibly joined by a half-crazed companion laden with a rifle and troubles of his own. Their harrowing adventures, both earthly and supernatural, make for a gripping read, including Krek’s near-death experiences when “Supernatural forces swept David’s spirit through a long, dark tunnel, where cosmic winds howled and distant drums throbbed.”

Turner’s memorable characters are well-motivated, the plot is well-structured, suspense is well-drawn out, and the story’s conclusion is believable. There are no typos nor grammar gremlins, and the book’s design, cover, and map of the region are all of very high quality. Turner’s objective treatment of sensitive issues, such as promiscuity and wife-swapping by the Inuit, reflects a cultural tradition in a non-judgmental way. Her overarching chronology for the span of the book is solid.

M. Wayne Cunningham

 
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The Haunted Igloo Children / Young Readers

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.

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Down the Memory Hole Children / Young Readers

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.


Reviews
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

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Spirit Lights Children / Young Readers

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.

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Footprints in Time: A Walk in Sacajawea's Moccasins Children / Young Readers

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)

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Drum Dance Young Adult

Drum Dance is a young-adult novel set in the late 1930s at Gjoa Haven, in Canada’s central Arctic, near the area where Sir John Franklin and his crew froze to death searching for the Northwest Passage.

Seventeen-year-old David Jansson agrees to spend two years at an isolated fur-trading post with his estranged father, Per Jansson, manager for the Hudson’s Bay Company. David hasn't seen his dad for five years, and the hot-tempered man he finds is not the gentle father he remembers—he has become a domineering, abusive alcoholic.

David soon regrets his decision, but tries to make the best of a bad situation and follow his dad's strict orders: absolutely no contact with the beautiful half-blood girl, Nipesha, nor the intimidating shaman, Naigo, who ignores Inuit tradition and wants the white youth for his apprentice—a creepy old man who appears in David's room in the middle of the night, then vanishes before his eyes. David's emotions are torn while denying his own paranormal abilities and blaming Per for his mother's death.

To escape an intolerable situation in a land where escape is nearly impossible, David stubbornly risks his life by underestimating the weather—and his own heart—when he ignores a basic truth: The Arctic seldom gives a man a second chance.

"Birch bark canoes were made for rivers and lakes," Per said, "not the icy waters of the Arctic. Fall out of this, you'll freeze before you drown!"

"Booksellers, librarians and readers are always saying they're looking for something original to read. Well, they need look no further than Drum Dance, a refreshing YA novel with an accomplished voice and a strong sense of place." ~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Twin's Daughter

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Face the Winter Naked Fiction - Historical

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." [email protected]


"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


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