A Time to Dance

A Time to Dance

Book - 2014
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Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance - so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who's grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.
Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2014]
ISBN: 9780399257100
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2017

Absolutely stunning and superb!! The shortest, longest book I've read in a long time. Deeply moving and astounding. Vivid and clear. Lovely lovely lovely story.

Jan 22, 2017

Veda is a dancer who experiences a terrible accident on the way home from a competition. Her foot is amputated, but she is determined to dance again. She finds that some of the people she thought would be there for her weren't, while other acquaintances rallied to support her. Veda is a realistic teenage girl in unfamiliar circumstances. Written in verse, this is a book that is inspirational without being sappy.

Jun 17, 2015

finally a book i can relate to.

multcolib_susannel Oct 10, 2014

From the time that Veda is a tiny girl dancing has been her whole life. But when her leg is amputated below the knee she wonders: Why did God do this to me and Will I ever dance again?
Written in free verse.

Aug 10, 2014

Thank you for this review - your last few sentences show valuable insight!

jayliss Jul 13, 2014

How many times did I cry? Well, a couple. And by "a couple," I mean 20.

Through short chapters of free-verse poetry, Padma Venkatraman does more than tell the story of a girl named Veda. Through her first-person stanzas and the way Venkatraman describes her thoughts, I felt like I was Veda. And Veda is a character so real that a story that could be clich├ęd - a girl with one leg learns the power of perseverance and starts to dance again - is believable, inventive, and powerful.

I could really relate to Veda - and a few chapters in I realized that it wasn't even because the author was attempting to make her "relatable." Most YA books feature female protagonists who are a dichotomy of "striking" but also "painfully average" along the lines of "she'd never been pretty" and "I'm not beautiful", as if being as average and universal as possible were enough to make a protagonist realistic. But this book was remarkable in that it skipped all that. Veda doesn't look in the mirror and lament about herself in the first chapter. Venkatraman focuses instead on making Veda REAL - conflicted, flawed, determined, and most of all herself - and the "relatability" takes care of itself.


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