Dance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk SkrypuchDance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Dance of the Banished

byMarsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Paperback | August 22, 2014

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Ali and his fiancée Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. But their homeland is controlled by the Turkish government, which is on the brink of war with Britain and Russia. And although Ali finds passage to Canada to work, he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough to bring her out to join him.When the First World War breaks out and Canada joins Britain, Ali is declared an enemy alien. Unable to convince his captors that he is a refugee from an oppressive regime, he is thrown in an internment camp where he must count himself lucky to have a roof over his head and food to eat.Meanwhile, Zeynep is a horrified witness to the suffering of her Christian Armenian neighbours under the Young Turk revolutionary forces. Caught in a country that is destroying its own people, she is determined to save a precious few. But if her plan succeeds, will Zeynep still find a way to cross the ocean to search out Ali? And if she does, will he still be waiting for her?
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's award-winning books for young people include Last Airlift, a Red Cedar Information Book Award winner and OLA Red Maple Honour Book. Its sequel, One Step at a Time, won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Her YA novel Dance of the Banished is a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2015. In 2008, in recognitio...
Title:Dance of the BanishedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.63 × 0.78 inPublished:August 22, 2014Publisher:Pajama Press Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927485657

ISBN - 13:9781927485651


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Triumph! Dance of the Banished is an ambitious work that creates two very different worlds and sets of experience and weaves them together through the bond of love between two young people. Anatolian teen Ali leaves his young sweetheart Zeynep behind in his quest for a new life in Canada - a life he hopes they will one day share. But things do not go well when war errupts and suspicion falls on the young immigrant. Meanwhile, Zeynep struggles to survive and keep hope alive in a land torn by revolution and war. These two very different journeys are portrayed brilliantly by Skrypuch in what may be her strongest work to date. Well done!!
Date published: 2014-10-25

Read from the Book

“I’ll come back for you as soon as I save the money. We’ll get married. In the meantime, I’ve brought you a gift.” I reachedinto my bag and drew out two identical journals. “One of these is for you. While we are apart, keep this journal for me andI’ll write in the other for you. As you fill each page, tear it out and mail it to me. I’ll do the same. That way, we will still be together.”Zeynep took the journal and frowned, flipping through its blank pages. “I refuse to be your betrothed, never knowing when, or even if, you’ll come back.” She pulled a thin leather strap from around her neck. Strung on it was her cherished blue evil-eye bead that had protected her ever since she was a baby. “Take this.” She stood on her tiptoes to put it over my head. “It will keep you from harm. I’ll always love you, but I will not wait for you. We both deserve better than that.”

Editorial Reviews

About Dance of the Banished2015 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Winner2015 White Ravens selection2015 Junior Library Guild selection2015 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books List selection"[A]n absorbing glimpse into a dark period in world history and the human consequences of war."—VOYA"[T]he setting is fascinating, the research is thorough, and the story is made all the more interesting due to current events in the region."—School Library Journal"An eye-opening exposé of historical outrages committed in two countries, with intriguing glimpses of a minority group that is not well-known in the Americas."—Kirkus Reviews"The author's somber rendering of WWI atrocities against Armenians is reminiscent of fellow Canadian author Deborah Ellis' caring attention to modern-day Afghan refugees and Middle Eastern youth living in conflict. There are many lessons for young readers in this story of hope and fear, love and determination, and the universal significance of bearing witness."—Booklist"[A] worthwhile acquisition for middle and high school library collections; it will complement other works focusing on the story of young people affected by war-time, including The Diary of Anne Frank...Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine"[V]ividly portrayed....a timely contribution to both Canadian and global First World War history."—Quill & Quire"This latest work is an outstanding testament to Skrypuch's mastery as a writer of historical fiction for young readers...She has put a profoundly human face on the horrors of war while also creating an insightful portrait of the Alevi Kurds...Skrypuch skillfully captures their voices, their longing, their heartbreak and their courage."—Canadian Children's Book News"Skrypuch's compelling characters give an authentic voice to this well researched story. It is definitely a book for adults as well as teens."—National Reading Campaign"It's a love story filled with tragedy when Ali is forced into a Canadian internment camp, and Zeynep faces horrors as the Ottoman Army marches through her villages. This moving book will enlighten and appeal to readers ages 12 to adult."—The Calgary Herald"the historical details that make this story interesting cannot be overlooked."—Resource Links"An eye-opening, significant literary and historical gift to readers, young and old."—Smithsonian BookDragon"A dynamic and compelling story with likeable and realistic characters, this fictionalized narrative about how war often makes no distinctions between cultural groups will appeal to middle and secondary readers interested in history, romance, and how political movements on an international scale often wreak havoc at the local and individual levels."—Worlds of Words