Swallow's Dance

Swallow's Dance

I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremble under their feet? Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake leaves her home - and her family - in pieces. And the goddess hasn't finished with the island yet. With her family, Leira flees a I wonder if the first day of Learning is always like this - do the girls on the hill always feel the ground tremb...

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Title:Swallow's Dance
Author:Wendy Orr
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1760297879
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:360 pages pages

Swallow's Dance Reviews

  • Sara
    Dec 30, 2018
    Part in prose and part in verse. A maiden preparing to be a priestess must run from her home. ...
  • Dawn
    Dec 23, 2018
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  • Beth
    Dec 23, 2018
    Rich kid must struggle when her island and life is destroyed by a volcano. ...
  • Mandy Laferriere
    Sep 04, 2018
    Just reviewed for SLJ. Review to come after publication. ...
  • Brenda
    Aug 28, 2018
    Swallow's Dance is the fictionalized story inspired by the real events of a hurricane that occurred in 1625 BCE on the island of Thera (now known as Santorini) that resulted in a huge tsunami on Crete and the speculation of whether the people of Thera were able to flee to Crete before ...
  • Carol
    Mar 17, 2019
    Another brilliant book from Wendy Orr. I loved Dragonfly Song and this book is every bit as good. Loved the drama, the family life, the ways of the old and especially the life changing moments that take a lovely spoiled young girl and turn her into an amazing young woman. There is grea...
  • Judy
    Jan 22, 2019
    I swam happily through this read over the summer holiday, knowing before I began that I'd enjoy it because I loved Dragonfly Song. More poetry. More history. More intimate thoughts and feelings alongside intense action. Although it was mere chance that I read it over the summer, it was...
  • Jen
    Mar 10, 2019
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  • Ashleigh
    Jun 12, 2018
    Review to come on my blog later this month. ...
  • Jane
    Aug 25, 2018
    I really, really loved Dragonfly Song so I had high expectations of this, and at first I was a bit unsure. The beginning doesn't pack the same emotional wallop as Dragonfly. But boy, the ending sure does. The sights, sounds, smells and feelings of the story are so vividly built - Orr i...
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Jan 10, 2019
    Each morning as the sun rises, the small island nation of the Swallow Clan sings the praises of their creator, The Goddess. Leira is preparing for her Learning ceremony, her transformation into womanhood after her first bleed where she will serve The Goddess guided by Our Lady, a woman...
  • Sophie Gow
    Dec 06, 2018
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  • Jill Jemmett
    Dec 01, 2018
    This is a great tale about Ancient Greece. Leira loses almost everything when an earthquake hits her home. Her home is destroyed and her mother bangs her head, losing consciousness. She eventually wakes up but she can no longer speak. Leira and her nurse Nunu, along with her mother,...
  • Kasey Giard
    Oct 24, 2018
    I wanted to read Swallow?s Dance because something about the story reminded me of Tracy Higley?s City on Fire. Like City on Fire, Swallow?s Dance is the story of a family who flee from a natural disaster. Leira?s family loses everything when a tsunami and volcanic eruption devo...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Feb 24, 2019
    Swallow?s Dance by Wendy Orr, 274 pages. Pajama Press, 2018. $20 Content: G BUYING ADVISORY: EL - OPTIONAL AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW On the day that Leira takes the first steps in her culture?s womanhood rites, a devastating series of earthquakes ruins everything, Now inste...
  • Elise
    Jul 21, 2018
    Swallow?s Dance by Wendy Orr Grade: DNF Release Date: October 1, 2018 An eGalley was provided by Pajama Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Summary: Leira is about to start her initiation as a priestess when her world is turned upside down. A violent earthquake ...
  • Jenny Butler
    Oct 07, 2018
    Quite a dark book set during and after a volcanic eruption in the Bronze Age and the scenes describing the aftermath was very well imagined. The main character Leira, certainly has her work cut out, with the loss of her home, village, then older brother- dad and other brother then leav...
  • Dawn Brotherton
    Jul 14, 2018
    Reading was not a waste of time but I didn't feel hooked from the beginning. It was more like something I had to finish because I started it. Even halfway through the book I was trying to identify the point of the story. The main character didn't seem to grow. She was strong and did wh...
  • Critterbee❇
    Jul 20, 2018
    *eARC Netgalley* ...
  • Cat
    Aug 16, 2018
    I thought it was going to be more interesting. , but no. I really don;t care for books in verse much either. I gave it a shot, but couldn't finish it. I am sure some YA is going to enjoy this story. But, as I am not in that category, it wasn't for me. Sorry. I received a Kindle ARC ...
  • Story Eater
    Sep 21, 2018
    The author of Nim?s Island brings readers another island adventure tale about a young girl on an island in the Mediterranean who shares her tale with readers of growing, love, loss, and grief as only the very young can say it. The narrative deftly shifts from prose to poetry and back...
  • Philippa Comiskey
    Aug 07, 2018
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  • Yui
    Jan 08, 2019
    This story is about a girl in Island that get nature disaster. Her name is Leila and she is the priests for god in her Island. Her mother lost her spirit when disaster came, and Leila start to travel to the place where disaster didn't do anything. In the city she arrived, she couldn't ...
  • Jas
    Nov 27, 2018
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  • Blue
    Jun 23, 2018
    Before I start talking about the book, I need to say that as an Australian, I wasn't aware of Wendy Orr who moved to Australia at the age of 21. When I received this parcel from Allen & Unwin and this book was inside, I was stoked. I have always been a massive supporter of Aussie a...
  • Imogen Bush
    Apr 16, 2019
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  • Breanna
    Aug 29, 2018
    1.5 stars. The format/writing style is awful. ...
  • Marian
    Aug 15, 2018
    I loved this book! It stayed with me for a long time. There are many significant themes that shine throughout the story. Thank you to Wendy Orr and Pajama Press for the opportunity to read this captivating novel! ...
  • Gaby
    Apr 03, 2019
    This was a good book, but definitely not my favorite. The theme of the story is to push through even when everything seems hopeless, and eventually it will pay off. This is proven by Leira eventually becoming a potter after having to endure being a slave. ...
  • Wina
    Mar 04, 2019
    Middle grade, historical fiction. Long ago history! 4,000 years ago, island near Greece. Culture worships gods and goddesses. A great twist on a refugee story, when the priest class family flees their island after earthquakes (by boat) and has to get along in a new place. Really good. ...