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In the myth-rich culture of Bronze Age Crete, a volcano cuts short the coming-of-age training of a young priestess. When her world is shattered and her future appears lost, she must find the strength within herself to ensure the survival of her family.
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 earth goddess hasn't finished with the island yet.
With her family, Leira flees across the sea to Crete, expecting sanctuary. But a volcanic eruption throws the entire world into darkness. After the resulting tsunami, society descends into chaos; the status and privilege of being noble-born are reduced to nothing. With her injured mother and elderly nurse, Leira must find the strength and resourcefulness within herself to find safety.
A thrilling new Bronze Age survival story from the award-winning author of Dragonfly Song and Nim's Island.
Author: Wendy Orr
Publisher: Pajama Press
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.00h x 5.90w x 0.80d
Audience: Ages 9-12
Reading Level: 6
Point Value: 10
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 197319 / Swallow's Dance
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2018 pg. 65
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2018
Booklist 10/01/2018 pg. 79
School Library Journal 10/01/2018 pg. 68