Dancing on the Edge

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Puffin Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 244 pages
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Miracle McCloy is the child of a talented dancer, who died in childbirth, and a brilliant, reclusive novelist. Raised by her grandmother Gigi, a psychic, Miracle becomes a dancer herself, and a loner who believes in mystical spirits and auras. Then her father disappears. When no one can give an explanation, or even a version of the truth, Miracle becomes obsessed with contacting him and bringing him back. As she loses herself in her quest, she loses her self? and, in a last, desperate attempt, sends her life up in flames. In the page-turning tradition of best-selling novels I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and The Bell Jar, Dancing on the Edge gives readers a story? and a heroine? they will never forget. "Nolan dives into the mind of an emotionally disturbed girl in an intense, exceptionally well-written novel?The shadows of truth, suffering, self-expression, and repression are examined without psychobabble in this sad, funny, and tender story." ? Kirkus Reviews, pointer review "Nolan does a masterful job of drawing readers into the girl's mind and making them care deeply about her chances for the future." ? School Library Journal, starred review

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User Review  - KimJD - LibraryThing

Grades 9 and up-- Miracle (so called because her birth involved her being pulled from the body of her dead mother) is surrounded by some of the most dysfunctional family members to have ever graced a ... Read full review

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Dancing on the Edge is the story of a dysfunctional family that deals in half truths and suppressing their emotions. Miracle McCloy struggles to deal in the real world having been raised by her ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Han Nolan is the author of Send Me Down a Miracle, which was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award, and If I Should Die Before I Wake. She lives with her family in Alabama.

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