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A Time for Dancing

A Time for Dancing

Sam and Jules – everyone knows that when you see one, the other can’t be far behind. Best friends for more than half their lives, the two are practically inseparable. And in the summer before their last year of high school, Sam and Jules are certain that whatever the future brings – college or professional dance careers or both – they’ll be ready for it, sharing the triumphs and facing the tears together.

But nothing could have prepared them for Jules’s sudden illness and the discovery of its cause – cancer. Sam tries to be a true friend, supporting Jules during the weeks of testing and doctors and treatments, but the horrifying pain and indignities that Jules suffers, and the feeling that she has lost control over her own life, force Jules to a place where even Sam cannot follow. Now both Jules and Sam must learn to accept the unacceptable – that Jules’s cancer may not go away. How each, in her own way, comes to face the possibility of Jules’s death, and learns to celebrate her life, makes for a searingly honest, unforgettable novel.
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Genre: Teen & Young Adult / Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Death & Dying

On Sale: April 1st 2009

Price: $10 / $13 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316036344

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Praise for A Time for Dancing:
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

* "An unforgettable debut by a writer to watch...The novel is beautifully composed, with dialogue that never falters, characters who are fully realized, and plotting to make readers turn the pages through their tears." - Kirkus (starred review)

"Few YA dramas deal with the issue of terminal illness as intimately as this gripping first novel ... hauntingly true to life." - Publishers Weekly

"A Time for Dancing will hold fans of this genre glued to the page and with good reason... the novel resonates with grace and power." Booklist

"A personal look at how terminal illness affects the lives of best friends and those around them... a good choice." School Library Journal

Praise for A Time for Dancing (film):
- Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Children/Youth/Family Special
- Nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
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