Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Veda has always been able to feel the rhythm of music deep in her body. And dance is how she can express those feelings. Even when she was a little girl, she was dancing. Now she wins contests for her skills and would like nothing more than to just dance when she gets out of school and not worry about exams. When she's seriously injured in a car accident, all those dreams come to a halt.

Suddenly the biggest questions are not whether Veda will become an engineer like her mom wants or a prize winning dancer are not as important as whether she'll be able to walk around the room. Even after she gets the hang of using a prosthetic leg, her old dance teacher doesn't want to waste his time on her dancing. She'll have to decide if pursuing her old dreams is worth getting to know new people who didn't know her before the accident. Who might only see her as the girl with one leg.

The story of Veda's recovery and rediscovery of the things she wants for herself is told in gorgeous verse. This has already been an amazing year for books in verse and if you don't think you like a book told in poetry, you need to take a trip to India in Ms. Venkatramann's beautiful A Time to Dance.

More to read:

Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath

Middle School Monday: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Read This, Watch That: National Poetry Month Edition

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