Dance of the Banished

Danced of the Banished is a fictional story based on true circumstances. It’s a sad story of violence, discrimination and exploitation in 1914, but it’s also about a long distance romance.

The most enjoyable and enlightening part for me is when Zeynep encounters the missionaries and is baffled by how the “civilized” people trying to force their culture on others is not as wise and functional as the “savages” .

This is something that could enrich a history of social studies class. However, I can’t see any average Canadian teens reading it for pleasure. The pace is slow, the dialogue is choppy and the narrators don’t have youthful “voices” that I feel will appeal to teens.

I think I’d market this to an older audience- not because of mature content but because of the pace, tone, and diction.

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