A Time for Dancing

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Seventeen-year-old best friends Samantha and Juliana tell their stories in alternating chapters after Juliana is diagnosed with cancer.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Few YA dramas deal with the issue of terminal illness as intimately as this gripping first novel, which alternates between the points of view of Juliana, at 16 a gifted dancer, and her ``one-and-only'' best friend, Samantha. The girls' initial concerns about boyfriends and dance class seem trivial after Jules is diagnosed with histiocytic lymphoma, a deadly form of cancer. Through graphic depictions of what follows-endless sessions of chemotherapy, emergency runs to the hospital and Jules's periodic escapes into a dream state-readers will feel the young victim's weariness as she fights against the body which has betrayed her. They will also experience Sammie's complex responses as she watches her friend embark on a ``solo journey'' toward death. The dissipation of Jules's hopes, her growing acceptance of the inevitable, and the reactions of peers and family members are hauntingly true to life; they camouflage the less credible episodes (Jules's brilliant performance in a dance concert during the last weeks of her life). Although the subject matter may be too intense for some, others will come away from this book with a deeper respect for mortality. Ages 12-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Sam and Jules, otherwise know as Samantha and Juliana, are vivacious high school students and best friends who share everything. That is, until Jules is diagnosed with cancer. In alternating chapters for each girl, the novel explores courage and reveals the girls' innermost thoughts and feelings with candor. Presented in three distinct sections, the first introduces the characters and becomes the springboard for the remainder of the story. The second section chronicles each girl's attempt to face the harsh realities brought to their lives by Jules' cancer, and the changes each is reluctantly forced to recognize. Sam and Jules, in the third section, reconcile themselves to their ever-changing worlds, rekindle their friendship, confront their fears, and learn to let go. This is a tender tale of friendship and dealing with grief.
The ALAN Review - Jeanne Gerlach
Samantha and Juliana, Sam and Jules, are best friends and have been for over half of their sixteen years. They take the same classes at school. They go to the same parties. They take dancing lessons at the same dance studio. They are inseparable. Then Jules learns she has "Diffuse histiocytic lymphoma"-a type of cancer. This is a story about friendship, romance, and growth to awareness. But more importantly, it is a novel that looks candidly at adolescent struggles with death and dying. "Do you believe in life after death?" Jules asks Sam. Not only does Jules have to come to terms with the possibility of dying, but Sam has to help her do it. Thus, Sam is faced with the most difficult task of her young adult life. Can the girls' friendship survive under such pressure? This was one of my favorite reads, and I believe that young adults in grades 9-12 will appreciate Hurwin's honest look at such a difficult topic.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-A personal look at how terminal illness affects the lives of best friends and those around them. Juliana (Jules) and Samantha (Sam) have been dance partners since they were nine years old. The summer before their senior year holds promises of good times and hard work at the studio. Then Jules is diagnosed with diffuse histiocytic lymphoma and needs massive doses of chemotherapy immediately. Despite everyone trying to act ``normal,'' Jules faces greater and more difficult choices each day. And Sam becomes increasingly confused as to how to live her own life and stay true to her dying best friend. Each girl, in turn, narrates a chapter, and family and friends' reactions to the crisis are genuinely portrayed. The impact of illness is accurately balanced with the rising crescendo of impending death. This novel compares favorably with Cynthia Grant's Phoenix Rising (Atheneum, 1989), Alden Carter's Sheila's Dying (Putnam, 1987; o.p.), and Lurlene McDaniel's series, ``One Last Wish'' (Bantam). While the ending is not upbeat, the closeness that the two teenagers feel and their bonding that transcends the body when death occurs come through clearly. A good choice.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316036344
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 230,626
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Davida Wills Hurwin is the author of A Time for Dancing (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and The Farther You Run. She teaches theater at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and still loves to dance. She lives in Southern California with her husband and daughter.

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JULIE My mom had left me at the door in Pre-Op, the coldest room ever built, and a nurse covered me with some thin space-age blanket that turned out to be quite warm. The IV needle had been put into my arm, and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Kim, had commented on the healthy size of my veins. Dr. Conner was now explaining The Procedure to me, in depth, with her award-winning tact, and if I hadn't been in so much pain, I would've been terrified. But IT had returned, and IT was pissed off, so even though I was looking at the doctor and nodding in what I hoped were suitably appropriate places, I was only getting a general idea of what she was trying to say. I only started really listening when she got to the part about the Valium.
"...will not put you under exactly but will take away the pain aHOORAY!!'and the immediacy of the experience. Are you ready'"
I nodded. Just say yes, I thought. Dr. Kim inserted something into the IV tube, and the orderly, or whoever it is that moves beds, got ready to go to the operating Room. I could get used to this, I remember thinking as I drifted into Twilight World. No pain, no problems. I could hear everything that was going on around me, but I didn't have to respond to it. Probably I would have been able to see, too, but since it seemed a more pleasant choice to keep my eyes shut, that's what I did.
I felt myself transferred to another bed. I knew Dr. Conner was in the room and giving orders. Someone sat near my head and kept putting a cool, wet towel on my lips, and I would smack them and swallow the moisture. Every once in a while, a voice I didn't recognize but nevertheless liked the sound of asked if I was feeling okay. "Jusss fine," I would answer, then float some more. Time had no meaning, pain did not exist, there was nothing in the world I had to think on, worry about, or do. I thought I had arrived in Paradise. Three hours later, I wasn't so sure. The Valium had worn off, and whatever the anesthesiologist had slipped in the IV as I was being wheeled back to my room — "Here's a little whammy to help with the pain," he'd said, not asking if I wanted it — was not in agreement with my system. I got horribly nauseated and vomited violently — on the bed, on the nurse, on the floor. Over and over, missing the bedpan each time, until another nurse insisted on calling the doctor. It seemed years before she came.
"Are you hurting?" was the first thing she asked.
"Not yet," I replied, and tried to vomit on her.
"It's nothing to worry about," she assured me. "You're having a reaction to the pain medication. It happens to many people."
Whatever I would've said to respond wouldn't have been appreciated, and I couldn't have got it out between vomits anyway, so I just nodded.
"I'm ordering an anti-nausea medication."
"What if it makes me sick, too?"
"I don't think it will. Trust me."
Right.
By the time my parents and Sam came in, I had entered Phase Three. Over the Procedure, past the drug reactions, and now responding to the sleep inducer. I tried to smile at them, tried to let them know that I was finally feeling better, but nothing I said seemed to make any sense. They kept smiling at me and patting me, and then they left me alone with Sam for a minute. I managed to reach out my hand. She took it. She read my mind, as she usually does, and answered what I was unable to ask.
"They don't know anything yet, Jules. The doctor's meeting with you guys in the morning. Nine o'clock. After she sees what those tests have to say. How 'bout now — are you feeling okay?" I nodded. "Do you need anything?" I shook my head. "Well, then let me tell you what I did today..." and she flashed her wicked look. I couldn't keep my eyes open too well, but my ears were working, and as she told me the story of Jack and The Freak and then the part about the dean, I smiled and smiled and smiled. Next morning, a nurse woke me at five to take my temperature and ask me stupid questions. I managed to go back to sleep, only to be awakened again by a different one. Temperature again, same stupid questions.
"You guys already did this once," I told her. She gave me her Indulgent Nurse Smile.
"Im the new shift," she explained.
Oh. Fine. The fact that I couldn't get back to sleep didn't seem to concern her. The fact that my hip, where the needle had gone in, was now on fire didn't seem to, either.
"Could I please have something for this pain?" I asked. She gave me her Concerned Caregiver Face.
"I'm sorry," she dripped, "but Dr. Conner didn't indicate any medication on your chart."
"Would you call her, or something, please? This really hurts."
"Well, she'll be in at eight-thirty. Let's ask her then, shall we?"
"Okay." She smiled again and started to leave. "Excuse me," I said, "could you tell me what time it is now?"
"Seven-fifteen." And she was gone. An hour and fifteen minutes is not a long time under the best of circumstances. I, however, was not under those kind. I hurt, I was tired and cranky, my mouth tasted like caca, and I wanted my mother. Or Sam. Or somebody. Plus I did not want to think about the meeting with Dr. Conner.
Eight-thirty came and went. No doctor, at least according to Miss Happy-Face. Afew minutes later, my mom and dad showed up. I was in pretty bad shape. I didn't know which part of me hurt the worst.
The second he saw me, my father was furious.
"This is ridiculous," he announced to no one in particular, and went to get help. My mom stroked my face and talked softly, about nothing, really, just to keep my mind occupied. My dad came back, nurse in tow, with Dr. Conner right behind. No smiles this time. The nurse took a vial and inserted its contents into the IV tube. She'd obviously been spoken to by the doctor. Almost immediately, the pain started to go. I sighed. Nurse Happy left, and Dr. Conner checked my pulse and felt my forehead.
"No excuse for that, Im afraid," she told us.
The medication was indicated. My dad started to open his mouth, but Dr. Conner wasn't through. There are chairs right outside. Let's pull a few in here and have a little talk.
A chill like ice cut through my entire body. My mouth went dry. I wondered if maybe I was having another reaction to the medication, but then I looked at my mom. She was a ghost. My dad pulled a couple of chairs in, next to the bed, but both my parents remained standing. Dr. Conner stood across from them and looked at me as she talked.
"As I suspected it might, the marrow shows that you have diffuse histiocytic lymphoma. Because it has shown up in the marrow, we can assume it is Stage Four. This means it did not originate in the hip. The hip is a secondary site, and there are undoubtedly other affected areas. My recommendation is an immediate aggressive program of chemotherapy. Your age is a definite advantage. Your body can withstand much more than an older, adult body can. This increases our chances significantly."
She paused a moment and smiled encouragingly, then continued.
"We can do the therapy here, or if you would like, arrange for an outpatient facility. Of course, certain side effects may occur — severe nausea, weight gain or loss, skin disorders, and low blood count, which means you will have to take extra care against infection. Oh, and almost everyone has loss of hair. I would be happy to orchestrate the program, if you so desire, or I can put you in touch with other oncologists. I welcome a second opinion, should you wish to seek one, but I recommend you do it immediately. Time is of utmost importance in cases of this type." She peered at each of us. "I think I've covered everything. Do you have any questions?"
Almost out of breath from listening to her, I realized I had understood only part of what she had been saying. I looked at my parents and saw the same confusion. My mother asked the question.
"Doctor, you need to tell us... exactly what is diverse histiowhatever?"
"Diffuse histiocytic lymphoma — she paused, sighed — is a type of cancer."
She continued speaking, explaining, but it didn't matter what she said after she said the C-word. We didn't hear any of it. We'd find out later, as we lived it, but just then, we couldn't move. We didn't look at each other.
We didn't speak. I don't think we were even breathing. Dr. Conner murmured something about giving us some time, then left the room. My father sat down. My mother stayed frozen by my bed. Except for her hand. It walked across the bed and found my cheek. She stroked me, softly, over and over, like she'd done when I was three and fretful, or thirteen with my first broken heart. Then she made herself move, and she turned to look in my eyes. My father stood up and came to the other side of the bed. He didn't make a sound, but tears were running down his face, and I remember thinking, Hey, this is weird — I've never seen my father cry.
No one said a word. What was there to say? I had cancer. SAM Sixty-year-old men who have smoked their whole lives get cancer or women who don't do Pap smears or forget to check their breasts. People in other countries get it, or other states or other towns. But not a sixteen-year-old beautiful dancer girl who has never done anything bad to anyone in her entire life. Not my best friend.
I had ditched school the next morning and gone to San Francisco to Campton Medical. Priorities are priorities. I got up to Jules's room pretty soon after Dr. Conner had left, I guess. I knocked and when no one answered, peeked my head in. Sandra and William were on either side of Jules, and they were all three holding on to each other. Jules was the only one not crying. I knew right then it was something bad — real bad. Part of me wanted to just turn around, right there and then, and go away. Forever. If I didn't hear whatever it was, maybe then it wouldn't actually be. But I didn't move. I stood where I was, waiting.
Jules saw me first. The minute our eyes locked, she started to cry. Soft, no sound, just tears coming down.
"Is it fucked?" I asked.
She nodded.
"Cancer." She whispered it so lightly I almost didn't hear. Then the word flew over and smacked me.
I stopped, as in ceased. Completely, utterly, no life in me for what seemed like years. Immense silence descended. I could only hear my heart. Everything else had moved outside my range of perception. Nothing was possible — not speech, not tears, not thought.
Sandra came over and led me to Jules. I kept staring at her. I shook my head. I kept trying to make my brain start functioning again. I wanted one of them to say, Ha, ha — just teasing. I wished I could go back to yesterday and skip right to tomorrow, so this could not occur.
Then I wanted to laugh. Bubbles of it came up from inside, and there wasn't a thing I could do to stop them. Sounds started coming outrigid, ugly sounds — and I wanted to tell Jules I was sorry, I really didn't think it was funny, that I didn't mean to laugh, but I couldn't stop. The sounds kept pouring out. All of a sudden, it wasn't laughing anymore — it was tears. My Jules, my Juliana Dancer Girl, my One and Only, reached out and pulled me in. I put my arms around her and we cried. And cried. Im not too clear on the rest of the day. I couldn't tell you when I left the hospital or how I drove back over the bridge to my house. When my mother asked how everything was, I don't know why the words came out sounding normal and easy. I do remember lying, not wanting my mom to know anything about anything, at least not then. She's not the kind of woman who can deal with things. She always overreacts. She would call the Michaelses; she would ask them and me an endless assortment of stupid questions. I would only make me mad. Besides, this was too important. No one who was on the outside could know. Not yet. It belonged only to me and Jules and her family. So I just said fine when she asked how Jules was, and went into my room.
I remember I turned on the radio and then I reorganized my history notes and rewrote all the due dates for my school assignments in a different organizer. I read the same paragraph in my history book four imes, and somehow I finished my homework. Then I went out and did the dishes. Around midnight, I started cleaning my room. That was good until an old scrapbook emerged from the bottom of my closet.
Jules and I had put it together in eighth grade, page after page of collages, using pictures and words from magazines, and even cutting out photos from the yearbook. I could remember doing it, right there in my room, giggling and cussing, trying out all our bad language and exercising our newly acquired slang. Our entire middle school experience was summed up; what we thought, who we liked, what we wanted to grow up to be, who we wanted to kill. I laughed until tears came out. When I finished, I sat holding it close to my body. I thought maybe I should be crying, but there didn't seem to be any tears available. Knowing I wouldn't be able to sleep, I tried to figure out something else to do. I couldn't, and my body was too tired anyway. Finally I made myself think about now, and I made myself say it out loud.
"Jules has cancer. My best friend, Jules, has cancer."
Then silence. I could almost see the word hanging in the air around my head. I conjured up whatever I thought I knew about it. It occurred to me then that I didn't really understand what it meant, not specifically in relation to Jules. Sandra had explained as much as she could, but she didn't really know, either.
Obviously then, the first thing would be to go to the library and read up on it. I would be able to tell how worried I should be or if I needed to be worried at all. Hey, Jules was young, strong, and a fighter. This could be over sooner than we thought. Maybe it was the kind of cancer you could get an operation for. So — it would be a hard few months and then everything would be okay. We could get back to being normal. It didn't matter if we didn't dance or go on tour or do the concert. It didn't matter if stupid Jack stayed with The Freak forever.
The one important thing in the whole world was to have Jules be well. But how could she not be? She was my One and Only. We were together in this world, and nothing could change that, ever. Copyright ©1997 by Davida Lewis Hurwin. Published by Puffin, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Awesome - a must read!!!!!

    This book is one of my favorite books. It is a page turner with a good message. Books don't usually make me cry at all but this book had me in tears. It made me sad to read the ending when Samantha and Juliana had such a great relationship. You have to read this book it is Great!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    YOU HAVE TO READ THIS :D

    This book is so good. I could not put it down when I found out what was wrong with Julie because I wanted her to be okay. This book is written so well that anyone can read this clearly and understand it too. The only problem I had was when Doctor Connor was talking about all the different canncers Julie might have had. This book made me want to read all books about canser survivors and people who have cancer. This book inspired me to go on canser walks and runs with my family and other families. I read this right after my Grandmother died and I could relate to what Julie's family endured. This is a good book for people who want to understand the effects cancer has on families and kids.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Will you promise you'll read it? Please,promise me.

    Words can't even tell how this book means to me. It is so real. And I was reading it when my very very close grandmother got diagnosed with cancer and the drama from that and the book swirling into one amazing cloud of wonders. This book is so true to the heart as im watching my fingers on the keyboard and these words pouring into my mind,tears run doen my face. This book is so near and dear to me. I really really urge you to read this book. It is so astoniishing it pulls you in like a black hole and spits you out in a magical trance with an amazing story pursed in your mind,as its unforgetable aura lingers forever.

    Another astonished fan,
    Chandler,12.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2009

    It was unforgettable story

    A Time for Dancing
    A time for dancing book by Davida Wills Hurwin is drama genre. Ladies and gentlemen, wow I have just read a touching and amazing book which many of us have not experienced. Some of us have many things we love to do and will do it no matter what. The author really captivated the emotion of the main characters. Their passion and love for dancing, and the power of friendship. I love how these two young girls see each other as sisters always there for each other and helping each other through whatever situation they may be going through. How the author got the right emotion when it came to Julie's disease how she made it feel like a real life experience. It is well written and very well detailed when it comes to portraying the main characters. All the ups and downs they had, and how she got Julie's problems and her feelings towards her friend. The anger and frustration that went through Julie's mind was very well a detail when it came to responding harshly to Samantha's worrying. Also how she showed the caring and understanding she had towards her best friend. I would recommend this book to anyone who has had a friend lost due to a cancer or to those who continue to have a friend because this book really focuses on the power of love and friendship. So what are you doing still sitting there, get up and go get it. It will inspire you and it will show you what a friend should really be like now and always.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Awesomeness!

    I read this book a few years ago, and it happened to be not even a year after my brother died of cancer. I was also a dancer and had done it since I was three. There were so many things in the story I could relate too. I just remember bawling my eyes out while reading this book. It was beautifully written and to me was very realistic. I really loved this and would recomend this for anyone, which is why I'm gonna buy it! It got me through a hard time in my life and made me reflect about it. In short it's an Awesome book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2009

    So realistic!

    Such a good book! I read it because i thought it was interesting but, it is so the opposite. Great book to read with friends it makes you appreciate them so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2009

    Dancer

    I love this book ! Im a dancer and could relate to both of the characters in the story. This book is really touching, it makes you realize not to take life for granted. Julie and Sam are the best of friend and no one or nothing can change that. This story is unforgetable. This book shows both side of the story of someone having cancer and dealing with it and how deeply it impact the people you love and care for the most. This book is amazing !!!

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

    A Time For Dancing is one of the best books I have read in a long time!

    It makes you want to keep on reading. It really feels like you know each of the charaters and they are so relatable! I would recomend this book to sny person young and old! No matter who you are you will love this book and will feel a very deep sadness.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    A Time For Dancing <3

    This book is absolutely amazing. I cried when I read it. I can relate to both girls. Julie with the boy problems, Sam with the drifting from a friendship. It gives you a good view on both side of cancer. Having it, and the people who love the person who has it. It's very emotional and real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Tearjerker

    I have read this book twice and am awaiting the arrival of the second book. This is a book that you can't put down and no matter how hard you try you will be unable to stop yourself from crying. As it highlights a friendship that survives through the good and the bad, it show both sides of cancer, those who have it and those around people with cancer. This book will make you realize how precious your time is and your friends are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2009

    A time for dancing:)

    I saw the book in my school library. It looked interesting but not very catchy. After i started reading it, i couldn't stop. It was a book that illustrated what happens to friends in real life. This is the first book that made me cry. Very good book. I fell in love with it.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Wow

    This is the first story I've ever read that made me cry, and I've read quite a few books! A Time for Dancing is a very great book that makes you think about your life. You can really put yourself in both of the girl's places. I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! Please read it and let it change your life like it did mine =]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    i give it 5 bookmarks!!

    OH MY GOSH!!this is my FAVORITE book EVER!!!It made me BAWL!!! And i can relate to it. I thought it was gonna be another boring book, but i was SO wrong!!! it such a heart-warmimg story! I recommend this book for 6th grade girls and up. The storyline is a little mature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    Amazing Book!

    Ohmygosh. When I first started this book, I thought it was going to be one of those books that is soooo slow and takes forever to finish. But once I got into it, I could barely put it down. It as an amazing book, and I absolutely loved it. It's a real cryer, though. The ending of the book is perfect, I thought it was awesome. It did make me cry, which tells me that I really loved the book. I definitely reccomend this book for 7th or 8th grade plus, because the issues are kind of heavy. Great book, though. I have to read the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Awesome

    Personally, this is one of my favorite books, since it truly captures what it is like to have a friend of yours diagnosed with cancer, and how life moves on. It is sad, yet very realistic. The way the author put it, you can feel yourself being Juliana's friend. It is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    tear jerker!

    oh my gosh! This is a terrific book. The first book to EVER make me cry! I liked how it had two point of veiws. It is so sad. Teaches you how fast life is. Also, to be thankful for what you have! I did not know how bad someone can suffer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Wonderful, horrible, sad, amazing

    This book is literally a million different emotions swirled into a couple hundred pages. It is so wonderful. I was crying before the second chapter. The bond between these girls is truly one-of-a-kind. I do not recommend reading ahead (I did not) because it spoils the feeling you get at the bitter end! LOVED IT and will read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2008

    amazing

    I loved this book. It was kindof slow in the beginning but, it got good. I loved how the story was about friendship and how through the hardest times you have to be there for your friends. It really made me thank about my life. I would not read this book unless your ready to cry. I also loved the way the author ended the book, it didnt really leave me with abounch of questions. This was a wonderfull book :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    In my opinion,.....a great book

    I really enjoyed reading ¿A Time for Dancing,¿ from Davida Wills Hurwin. I think this book is good because this book took my heart while I was reading it. The book is about Julie and Sam, two girls that are best friends since childhood. Also talks about the teenager¿s friendship, and the challenges that they have to go through and then say good bye forever. In this book I found a lot of feelings and values that are amazing. It shows the family values toward their children, in this case Julie¿s parents that are at her side in good situations, but the more important, in the most terrible moments of her life. On the book, I also see the friendship importance and meaning to Sam, who always was worried about Julie because she was her best friend. Besides I can notice the strong feeling of knowing that Julie could die, and then being sure that she is going to die for a terrible disease.She really was a very strong person. I think that shows how people can suffer for something slow and painful like cancer illness, and that is an example in reality life about how cancer took people without matter who the person is, because for illnesses age, gender, social class or race really do not matter. I really recommend this book to young people. Maybe it could help to understand how valuable life is to enjoy, but also to be good with the people who love us. I said before this book took my heart, and is because I cried when I read the last part, I think is sad, but also is a beautiful emotion to feel in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    Recommendation:

    Have you ever read a story that truly touches your heart, and maybe even makes you cry? Those are the exact feelings when you read the book, ¿A Time for Dancing¿ by Davida Wills Hurwin. I would recommend this book to young teenage girls because it is a book about two teenage girls, and girls this age can relate. This story consists of two girls, Julie and Sam, and they have been best friends for as long as they can remember. They do everything imaginable together, such as their dancing careers. Julie and Sam have danced together for a long time, and when Julie starts to get pain in her hip, it could just cause her to stop dancing. The pain in her hip continues and she must see a doctor to see what is wrong. But, when Julie receives the bad news about having cancer from the doctor, will her friendship with Sam be tested? In this book you will see these two friends become closer then ever, as well as grow far apart. In the end, will Julie and Sam remain friends? Or will Julie¿s cancer affect their friendship dramatically? This is a great book for young teenage girls because they truly can relate just as I have, which makes for a great book you will not want to put down until you finish the whole story.

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