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

A Time for Dancing

byDavida Wills Hurwin

Paperback | April 1, 2009

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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 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.
Davida Wills Hurwin is the author ofA Time for Dancing(an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) andThe 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.
Title:A Time for DancingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031603634X

ISBN - 13:9780316036344

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing This book changed my life. It's beautiful and well written, and made me rethink everything I have and took for granted. I would highly recommend this book to anyone
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good! This author did a really great job of evoking emotions in the reader! I loved how in depth they went with all of the spiritual sides of cancer, and I loved the way they played on Sam's emotions, as well as Jules's. Compaired to other cancer themed books though, this didn't have as much of the bare boned facts about cancer, such as ALL the treatments that a cancer patient goes through. Other than that though, I was very pleased with this book!
Date published: 2010-05-24

Editorial Reviews

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 JournalPraise 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