On Sale: August 4, 2009
Featuring: Snap; Whistle
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"At first, Snap was aware of a few background noises -- a
baby cried, the fire crackled, one of the older children
laughed. Eventually, the other sounds disappeared, and she
heard only the ancient rhythm of the drums, the dancers'
voices, and the sounds of her own feet as they beat a path
to an unclear future."
On the parched African earth more than half a million years
ago sits the village of Kura, a matriarchal society of Homo
erectus. Snap -- a young, passionate woman of Kura -- is
destined to lead her people, and this year she must select a
mate for the first time. Will she choose someone different
each year, or will she find one mate she wants to pick over
and over again, like her mother, Whistle, the next leader of
As the Bonding ceremony approaches, Snap's future remains
unknown. But Whistle, when her mate doesn't return, chooses
a stranger with ideas far more dangerous than the lions that
kill with a single slash.
When Snap challenges the stranger's growing power one too
many times, she is brutally cast out to survive or perish.
Abandoned and alone, she risks her life -- and the future of
her people -- to stand up against an unthinkable evil.
Unknown to her, the same danger threatens other villages as
well. Soon, Snap and a new band of outcasts will face a
force more terrifying -- and deadly -- than any of Africa's
Both imaginative and believable, Daughter of Kura
astonishingly brings to life an ancient and untamed world.
Austin has created an unforgettable heroine who comes of age
in a thrilling tale of courage, loyalty, and passion.
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