A National Book Award finalist tells a poignant story of a young girl teetering on the edge of insanity. Miracle McCloy has always known that there ...Show synopsisA National Book Award finalist tells a poignant story of a young girl teetering on the edge of insanity. Miracle McCloy has always known that there is something different about her. Having been raised according to a set of mystical rules and beliefs, she is unable to cope in the real world. After accidentally setting herself on fire, Miracle meets a kind psychiatrist who helps her through the painful struggle to take charge of her life.Hide synopsis
Dancing on the Edge (Puffin Books) – Trade paperback (1999)
Trade paperback, Puffin Books 1999
ISBN: 0141302038 ISBN-13: 9780141302034
A young girl from a dysfunctional family creates for herself an alternative world which nearly results in her death but which ultimately leads her to reality.A young girl from a dysfunctional family creates for herself an alternative world which nearly results in her death but which ultimately leads her to reality.Hide
Adolescence is such an intense time emotionally for almost everyone, but add to that a crazy family, a childhood full of neglect and invisibility, and challenge upon challenge, and adolescence becomes a nightmare of madness. The wonderful thing about this book, one of them, is that the author writes with unflinching honesty, creating a character that is deep, full, complex and believable. Miracle becomes someone we might have known, or know, or a part of ourself, maybe one we have yet to meet. I would recommend this book for young adult readers, actually age 13 and up, who may find a message of hope through love, honesty and truth under the toughest circumstances that is often hard to find in our daily lives.
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