Lisle, Janet Taylor. The crying rocks.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Simon & Schuster, Atheneum. 199p. c2003. 0-689-85319-X. $16.95. JS

Lisle's previous novel for YAs, The Art of Keeping Cool, won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and in The Crying Rocks, she connects the present with the past in an intriguing novel. Joelle is adopted and has been told a strange, long tale of her past by her adoptive mother: she was thrown out of a window, she came on a train to Rhode Island from Chicago, she lived in squalor by the train station until rescued. A boy in her class, Carlos, tells her she looks like an Indian, like the Narragansett Indians pictured in a mural in the town library. She is tall, with dark, straight hair, and when she sees the picture, she acknowledges a resemblance. But it is a long, winding road in this story until she uncovers the truth of her own ancestry.

She and Carlos begin treks into the forest, cutting school if necessary (they are both excellent students), trying to locate sites associated with the Narragansett Indians who...

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