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After the Dancing Days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    very good book.

    After the Dancing Days Review By Alice Lyrio After the Dancing Days is a sad story of a girl named Annie and her family dealing with the tragic deaths in World War I and family problems. Annie, the narrator and main character tells readers about her life and struggles. Annie visits the injured soldiers in the hospital her fathers working at, and finds a friend Andrew with a bad gas burn that affected his life but Annie gives him the courage to stay strong. Another important character in the book is her mother, Annie¿s mother is struggling with Annie¿s decisions to go to the hospital because she does not want Annie to worry at her age about the ill men. Her mother also thinks everyone should forget about the war and kind of get on with their lives, but Annie is determined to help Andrew. She spends most of her time caring to Andrew and making him feel better. She also reads to a blind man named Timmy, who is her grandfathers old friend. I particularly liked this book because Annie is such a wonderful girl she was so caring and has much respect for her elders. But nobody exactly understands Annie, everyone in town feels just as her mother does except Annie¿s loving grandpa and her father of course. Annie¿s grandfather has the same personality as Annie. I think Annie¿s better traits comes from her grandfather, and I think a lot of the story can be predicted through him because her grandfather and her are a lot alike, so you can see what will happen. Even when she betrays her mothers wishes to see Andrew she ends up confessing what she had done. She matures by the end of the book when it comes to overcoming the sadness of her uncle dying, and I love that the author puts a sad yet happy theme to the book. So much sadness in the main story, but by the end of the book there¿s more of a ¿good for you¿ attitude. This shocking tearjerker is perfect for young people such as myself because I think it portrays how hard it was for families after World War I. The author, Margret I. Rostkowski uses a tone in her novel that really puts you in the story, and you can imagine the faces the scenes without the pictures. If you choose to read After the Dancing Days be prepared for suspense and touched felt moments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2009

    AMAZING:)

    This powerful novel unlocks he mysteries behind what a young girl can truly be capable of achieving. during this book i cried laughed and connected, and to me that only could mean that this book is among the best ever. i am a young girl age of 14 and i truly understood what it meant to mature after i read this book. annie the protagnist took her life and made it something. at first she was scared of the responsibility and well, the people she was around at her fathers work yet she grew up and had an amazing journey she will never forget doing so.this book is by far the best book i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2007

    Wonderful Book!

    The book I had read had a different cover. It looked boring, but the story was a wonderful. Like they say, 'Don't judge a book by its cover!'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2006

    A Favorite!

    It is always great to know that other people also enjoyed a book you loved. I am 26 years old and must have read it for the first time when I was round about 13 - since then I've read it a couple of times, and hope to one day recommend it for my daughter. A touching story focussing on everyday courage and kindness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2006

    fantastic!

    im a teenager and homeschooled and my mom gave me this to read. i thought it wouldn't be interesting because it was about world war 2, and i have totally had enough war reading material. it is now my favorite book. it has a sweet romance, not awsome sweet, and stirs your emotions. if i had a choice, i would give it 6 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Its been a while, but this story clings to me.

    I read this book in fifth grade,I am now a freshman. I know the main plot of the story, but am quite vague on the small details since i have read many more books since then. I'm not sure why this book stiks to me, but after so many years, i still remember that this story was my first favorite novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    A book that changed the way I looked at life

    I first read this book when I was thirteen, shortly after its original release. Since then I have read it several times and bought it for teachers and friends. It has always struck a cord in my heart. A member of my family has been in every military conflict that the USA has been a part of. I feel that everyone should read this book at least once. Our Vetrans deserve to be treated with the greatest of respect. Which is something that, this story shows does not always happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2004

    After the Dancing Days

    This book tuched my heart I just didnt want to put the book down. The first night I read almost the whole book. My review might not be the greatest but I am also I young Lady of 14 years old. If kids all rond the world read this book they would see the world very differently then they do now. I learned that even if some is different then you doesnt mean they are not like you. I think if you helped some one that was different then you they well want to help them self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    i thought i would not like it well its true instead i LOVE it

    When i first checked the book out i thought that i would hate but once i finished reading it i never wanted to the book to end. In fact i am planning to buy the book becadsue it was soooo good and not many books can make me cry but this one did at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    Great

    I read this book because I had to for a book report. I never knew it would be able to change some of my outlooks on life. It was an amazing story and very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    A Good Book with a Realistic Tone

    I think that this book was great. I read it when I was younger, and I still remember, even now, how great it was. After I was done reading it, I honestly stopped and thought about the impact it had on me. I could not put the book down and read it in a few days again. Although put down by some critics for its errors in it's time frame, this book is definatly worth a second glance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Historical Fiction

    This book captured the essence of what life was like for a teenager living in times of The Great War(World War 1). It explains the struggles of one man that was effected by the War. (He was poisoned with mustard gas.) The book is historically accurate because there are connections to other books in the time period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    A Book that Expresses Free Will and Individuality

    This book intrigues one's mind and holds one's attention. No matter the reader's preference in genra, the reader will somehow be able to relate to the situations and the problems presented in this book. It requires the reader to be able to produce images of the characters in the mind. This becomes easy because the characters are well developed and described. Overall, this book is a good one for readers who crave self-expression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

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