A Time for Dancing

A Time for Dancing

by Davida Wills Hurwin
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A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316036344
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 329,213
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About 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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Time for Dancing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
Cameron1997 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Chandler More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
nelliemerk92 More than 1 year ago
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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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 More than 1 year ago
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 !!!
samoos More than 1 year ago
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.
HayleyP More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
luv2readlotz More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.