101 Ways to Dance

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In this quirky collection, award-winning author for young people Kathy Stinson offers characters and plotlines that reflect the many ways teens learn about lust and love. From the first stirrings of same-sex desire on a lakeside beach to troubling paternity questions around a teen pregnancy, 101 Ways to Dance reflects the spectrum of teen sexuality from the very sweet to the very scary.

These stories offer many opportunities for important and engaged discussions, while content ...

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Overview

In this quirky collection, award-winning author for young people Kathy Stinson offers characters and plotlines that reflect the many ways teens learn about lust and love. From the first stirrings of same-sex desire on a lakeside beach to troubling paternity questions around a teen pregnancy, 101 Ways to Dance reflects the spectrum of teen sexuality from the very sweet to the very scary.

These stories offer many opportunities for important and engaged discussions, while content and writing style ensure a great selection for reluctant readers. A must-have for all junior high and high school libraries.

Kathy Stinson is an award-winning author for young people. She has written over 20 books, including Becoming Ruby and One Year Commencing.

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Canadian Children's Book News
"This exquisite compilation does not suffer from any variation in quality: each story is simply as beautiful as the one before! They are fresh, candid, brief and insightful. They avoid didacticism and yet provide much room for reflection, and for simply savouring."
Children's Literature - Gwen Vanderhage
Teenagers from many walks of life deal with sexual encounters in this collection of short stories from the award-winning Canadian author. Two girls are attracted to each other, but neither is sure what the other will think if she makes a move. Teenagers in a cancer ward deal with wanting to feel alive when surrounded by death. Two boys hitchhike to meet a promiscuous girl, only to find that their driver is the girl's mother. A couple must deal with a huge lie between them. Young people with special needs find first love. In the title story, a student must list 101 ways to dance for a homework assignment, and the list reveals feelings he had not even realized were there. Told in the many voices of inexperienced and nervous youth, these stories radiate the uncertainty felt by many when faced for the first time with a sexual experience or relationship problem. The author expertly crafts each story with compassion and humor. Discussion questions included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897187104
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,108,371
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Reviewed by Andie Z. for TeensReadToo.com

    101 WAYS TO DANCE is an amazing collection of short stories that each deal with a different aspect of teenage sexuality. The stories vary in length and tone, covering a vast array of topics that include everything from teen pregnancies, mental illness, and terminal cancer to struggling with coming out to friends and feeling inappropriate lust for cousins. <BR/><BR/>As is bound to happen with a collection, there were certain stories that I enjoyed more than others, but each one is brilliant in its own way. Some of my favorites include CHICKEN, which is less than two pages long and involves a game of chicken between two teenagers in a church basement, and the title story, 101 WAYS TO DANCE, which is just that: a very creative list of one-hundred-and-one ways to dance. <BR/><BR/>Kathy Stinson has created believable, likeable characters and realistic storylines that teenagers will be able to identify with, even if they have not had similar experiences. Each story is a gem, a refreshing coming-of-age tale, and I would highly encourage every teenager to go out and read this book, because it shows us that there truly are one-hundred-and-one (and many, many more) ways to dance.

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