By Cynthia Voigt
Mina Smiths, whom many readers will bear in mind from Dicey's music (Atheneum, 1982), takes heart degree during this addition to the Tillerman saga and holds it with power and spirit. the tale takes her from age 10 to fifteen, following her from a younger dancer, filled with herself and her goals, to a sensible and practical younger girl. the main to her progress is Tamer Shipp, a tender pastor who drives her domestic from the station as soon as she leaves the dance camp from which she has been disregarded, probably simply because puberty has harmed her skills, probably simply because she is black. whilst Tamer's honesty and realizing support her during the first discomfort, she starts to like him, forming a courting in an effort to be imperative to her perceptions of the area round her for the resultant 3 summers. there's little plot right here, however the tale strikes good, with the subject matter, Mina's altering view of the realm and her position in it as a tender black girl, sporting it in a wealthy present. The occasions are visible via Mina's eyes, as are the characters who, still, emerge with robust identities in their personal. within the final 3rd of the publication, the Tillermans come into concentration as Mina learns approximately Bullet (The Runner Atheneum, 1985) from Tamer, who enjoyed and hated him. it's her courting with the Tillermans and with Tamer which brings the tale to its climax, as Mina reveals the way to entire the circle, bringing a degree of peace to all. Voigt tells her tale easily, getting inside Mina's perceptions simply and believably. To trap the resonance of the tale, it'd be beneficial to have learn the sooner books concerning the Tillermans, even though, with the exception of minor lapses in personality description and incident, this does stand good by itself.
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