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Ghost Drum: A Cat's Tale [Hardcover]

Susan Price
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June 1 1990
This is the tale of Chingis, a Woman of Power, a most gifted shaman who lives in a house which runs on the legs of a chicken--and a story of Safa, who has spent his entire life in a windowless room.
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Grade 4-8 In a magical place there is a cat, and this is the tale she tells. It is the story of Chingis, a Woman of Power, a most gifted shaman who lives in a house which runs on the legs of a chicken. It is the story of Safa, the Czar's son, who has spent his entire life in a windowless room and knows nothing of the sky or trees, or even the world of men. It is the story of how these two most lonely souls bond together to fight their most fearful and fearing enemies. Price has a strong understanding of folklore and has previously collected some unusual and lesser-known European tales ( Ghost at Large Faber, 1984). In this novel she weaves together many common folkloric themes into an original story which is both charmingly new and hauntingly familiar. From the very first page readers are drawn into a northern land where winter is a cold half year of darkness, a land where a slave woman would willingly give her infant daughter to a witch so that she may be free, and where a cruel king could imprison his newborn son. In one of the most powerful scenes in the book Chingas leads the adult Safa from his windowless prison into the world. The story is told simply and cleanly with no excess words to mask the emotions, and still the language is lyrical and poetic. A perfect read aloud for older children. Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, Tex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book July 8 2004
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This book is wonderful! It is one of my favorites and I think people of any age would enjoy it. The details and how all the stories fall together is done in a very unique way. Please read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book July 8 2004
By rory patton - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is wonderful! It is one of my favorites and I think people of any age would enjoy it. The details and how all the stories fall together is done in a very unique way. Please read this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite April 7 2002
By Sallia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is my all-time favorite. I read it when I was nine years old and have loved it ever since then. (I'm almost 18 if you're wondering..)
It's one of the most original books I've ever read and is just fantastic. It really gets better with the age of the reader. I can now understand some of the gentle sarcasm that I didn't get in the fourth grade, etc etc. It's hard to find, but if you get the chance, I highly recommend giving it a chance.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best books I've ever read! March 10 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is great!! The story is told in an original story tellers way. I love it! If any one knows eher I can get Susan Prices email (or address) I have written a musical on this book
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolutely captivating book Aug. 7 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read and re-read this book, over and over, for years! It is worth searching for although it is out of print. It is still among my favorite books of all time!
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