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The Winds of Heaven

The Winds of Heaven

Judith Clarke

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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Clementine thinks her cousin Fan is everything that she could never be: beautiful, imaginative, wild. The girls promise to be best friends and sisters after the summer is over, but Clementine's life in the city is different from Fan's life in dusty Lake Conapaira. And Fan is looking for something, though neither she nor Clementine understands what it is.

Printz Honor Winner Judith Clarke delivers a compassionate, compelling novel with the story of a friendship between two young women, and of the small tragedies that tear them apart from each other, and from themselves.

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PART ONE
1952
Chapter
1
"Mum?" whispered Clementine. "Mum, when will we be there?" She was whispering because her mother sat so very still and quiet, her knitting abandoned in her lap, her head resting against the back of the seat, eyes...

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Praise for The Winds of Heaven

“This is a luminous story that is fully fleshed and carefully plotted, sporting a cast of characters who, no matter how minor, ring true and three dimensional.” —VOYA

“Introspective, quiet prose, authentic coming-of-age characters and appreciation for the social values shaping Australian women in the mid-20th century make this a moving read.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“In this story of love and sadness, Clarke's baroque, metaphor-rich style matches the high emotional pitch of early adolescence-the iron loyalties, the rage at injustice, the shame of capitulation-all set against a stark and lovely Australian landscape.” —Horn Book Magazine

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About the author

Judith Clarke

Judith Clarke was born in Sydney, Australia. She is the author of many award-winning books for young adults, including the 2008 Michael L. Printz Honor Book One Whole and Perfect Day.

Judith Clarke

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