Taste Of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti

Paperback | December 28, 2004

byFrances Temple

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Every Life
Makes a Story

Djo has a story: Once he was one of "Titid's boys," a vital member of Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide's election team, fighting to overthrow military dictatorship in Haiti. Now he is barely alive, the victim of a political firebombing.

Jeremie has a story: Convent-educated Jeremie can climb out of the slums of Port-au-Prince. But she is torn between her mother's hopes and her own wishes for herself ... and for Haiti.

Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide has a story: A dream of a new Haiti, one in which every person would have a decent life ... a house with a roof ... clean water to drink ... a good plate of rice and beans every day ... a field to work in.

At Aristide's request, Djo tells his story to Jeremie -- for Titid believes in the power of all of their stories to make change. As Jeremie listens to Djo, and to her own heart, she knows that they will begin a new story, one that is all their own, together.

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This breathtaking debut novel has captured an armful of awards--including the Horn Book Fanfare List, Booklist Editor's Choice, and the 1993 Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Frances Temple tells the story of the fight against military dictatorship in Haiti. "An excellent first effort".--School Library Journal

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Every Life Makes a StoryDjo has a story: Once he was one of "Titid's boys," a vital member of Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide's election team, fighting to overthrow military dictatorship in Haiti. Now he is barely alive, the victim of a political firebombing.Jeremie has a story: Convent-educated Jeremie can climb out of the slums of Port...

Frances Temple grew up in Virginia, France, and Vietnam. About her third book she wrote, "The Ramsay Scallop is about our need for adventure and motion, for throwing in with strangers, trusting and listening. The story began to take form in northern Spain along pilgrim trails; was fed by histories, stories, letters, by the testimony of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.54 inPublished:December 28, 2004Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064471365

ISBN - 13:9780064471367

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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From Our Editors

This breathtaking debut novel has captured an armful of awards--including the Horn Book Fanfare List, Booklist Editor's Choice, and the 1993 Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Frances Temple tells the story of the fight against military dictatorship in Haiti. "An excellent first effort".--School Library Journal

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"Gripping ... The combination of dramatic action, romantic interest, and vivid storytelling will grab even the most apolitical teens." (boxed review) -- "ALA Booklist""Lyrical ... no background knowledge is needed to become caught up in the drama of the many in this embattled land as related through the eyes of two compelling characters. An excellent first effort.- (starred review)-- "Scbool Libraty Journal""Arresting ... a powerful fictional portrait of the poverty and oppression in contemporary Haiti." (starred review)-- "Publishers Weekly"