Davida Wills Hurwin Circle the Soul Softly

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Circle the Soul Softly

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this morning was supposed to mark the official birth of my new identity. new house, new father -- well, sort of -- new school, new girl. this one is funny and knows what to say.

I swear she's in here. I just don't know how to get her out.

An elite school. Glamorous students who have fancy cars and mansions for homes (and all the haughty attitude to go with it). This is Katie O'Connor's fabulous new life since her family's recent move to Brentwood -- a perfect opportunity for a fresh start, at least in theory.

The only time she can overlook the hostility of her classmates is when they share the stage for plays. Onstage, directed by her awesome drama teacher, Tess, she has the confidence and talent that she cannot seem to muster in her everyday life. And it doesn't hurt that one of Katie's fellow actors is smart and cute and interested in her. But beneath the glossy surface, there are secrets buried deep, even in Katie's own past.

Nightmares and dark memories continue to plague Katie's consciousness, and in order to deal with the present, she needs to come to terms with the past. If only she could remember it.

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Davida Wills Hurwin is the author of A Time for Dancing (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and The Farther You Run. She teaches theater at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and lives in Southern California with her husband, Gene, and their daughter, Frazier Malone.

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Grade 7-10–Instead of the fresh start she had planned for her new life in L.A.–new stepfather, new home, new high school–10th-grader Kaitlyn OConnor runs into hostile classmates and has difficulty adapting to a privileged lifestyle and challenging academics. The only time she feels confident is when shes onstage, and the cute boy who acts opposite her is a big bonus. Katie tries to balance the demands on her time–schoolwork, extracurricular activities, preparations for her mothers upcoming wedding, and socializing–but she finds herself becoming more and more stressed, and she has nightmares. Her relationship with David blossoms into romance, but she freezes when they agree to become intimate. Slowly Katie starts working through her dreams and eventually realizes that her deceased father had abused her as a child. Whats almost as bad is the fact that initially her mother refuses to believe her. Gradually, however, Katie and her family start working together to make sense of the past. Especially in this era of increasing numbers of blended families, teen girls will strongly relate to the protagonists feelings. Hurwin has created believable characters with depth and a plot that is well-paced. Strong writing sets this title above the rest.–Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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