The History of a Word 02/07/20
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Jules has been sent in disgrace from her privileged London life to live on her aunt and uncle’s farm in Kansas for the summer. Feeling very alone and struggling to deal with her mistakes, Jules gradually connects with the wild new world around her - rediscovering her love for dance through the eyes of a coyote - and begins to feel alive again.
Her experiences may be unique, but Jules’s confusion about her place in the world will ring true with most teenagers. Her journey to self-acceptance, and acceptance of those around her, movingly explores the interconnectedness of our minds, bodies, spirituality and physical environment. The vast landscape of Kansas feels like a character in itself, thanks to Thebo’s richly atmospheric descriptions, and provides a powerful backdrop to Jules’s story.