The Earth is for Dancing [NOOK Book]

Overview

Sam is a fifteen-year-old drug orphan living with her custodial grandmother who is stricken with late-stage Alzheimer's. She struggles to fill the role of caregiver to her grandmother while keeping her little family a secret from the authorities who would send Gamma to a state facility and Sam to foster care. Just because her life isn't hard enough, there are still boys to have crushes on, essays to write for horrible English teachers, and a squad full of bullies to torment her ...
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The Earth is for Dancing

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Overview

Sam is a fifteen-year-old drug orphan living with her custodial grandmother who is stricken with late-stage Alzheimer's. She struggles to fill the role of caregiver to her grandmother while keeping her little family a secret from the authorities who would send Gamma to a state facility and Sam to foster care. Just because her life isn't hard enough, there are still boys to have crushes on, essays to write for horrible English teachers, and a squad full of bullies to torment her on a daily basis.
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Editorial Reviews

Cyndy Drew Etler
When I flipped through The Earth is For Dancing to be specific in my review, I reread the dedication from the POV of one who has met and bonded with the main character, Sam...and got a lumped throat and pin-pricked eyes for my effort. That's how real the book feels; that's how close to the bone it cuts.

This wasn't the only visceral reaction I had while reading it. At one point, I was so upset for Sam due to a turn of events, I had to turn my book off and go to sleep angry. Other times,
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015747294
  • Publisher: Lorca Damon
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • File size: 482 KB

Meet the Author

Lorca Damon is a young adult writer and teacher. Her fiction focuses on the very real issues that teenagers actually face today, scenarios she learned from her students in the juvenile correctional facility where she teaches. She is the author of two bestselling titles on autism, Autism By Hand and Knowing Autism, as well as a book of bizarre humor essays entitled It Was Like That When I Found It. She is also the author of three other unreleased young adult fiction titles, coming soon.
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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    If you have read my reviews for any length of time, you will pro

    If you have read my reviews for any length of time, you will probably know that I tend to have a love-hate relationship with young adult books. Very rarely am I in the middle with this genre. Either I like it or I don't. My biggest complaints often include inappropriate language and situations and/or unrealistic romances.

    I am happy to report that this book is a young adult book that does not have any of these issues. There is some "mild language," but I don't believe any of it will be truly problematic. There are no sex scenes, and realism is stressed within this book. You can't get more realistic than a grandmother with Alzheimer's being cared for by her teenage granddaughter. Add in some bullying and meddlesome adults, and I believe you have the main elements of the story.

    I was completely engrossed in this story from start to finish, and I even found myself shedding a tear or two towards the end. There were a lot of surprises, and the ending was exactly what it should have been. You have to read the entire book to understand the title, and I believe readers of all ages can connect with this young adult book. I believe my perspective has changed on a few things, and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary reads.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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