Ellen Schwartz Avalanche Dance

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Avalanche Dance

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Gwen lives for dancing. When she has the chance to take an intensive - and expensive - course far from home, she knows her parents will object. She also knows that she can usually convince her father to support her. She raises the subject when they're together skiing, but the discussion turns into an angry confrontation that is cut short by a sudden dreadful avalanche that almost kills her dad.

The avalanche leaves terrible damage in its wake. Gwen is left wracked with guilt and injuries that may end her career as a dancer. Her life is complicated by her best friend, Molly. Molly has her own demons, and may either be a danger to Gwen or part of her salvation. Gwen must find a way to make peace with Molly, with her family, and with her own conscience if she is ever again going to experience the freedom that dancing brought her.

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ELLEN SCHWARTZ was born in Washington, D.C., but moved as a baby to New Jersey, where she grew up. As a child, she loved to dance and wanted to be a dancer. In 1972, she moved with her husband, Bill, to Canada. Before she became a writer, she taught children with learning disabilities and also primary grades. She has several books published for children and adults. Ellen Schwartz writes both fiction and nonfiction for young people. I'm a Vegetarian and I Love Yoga were both critical successes as was her novel about baseball in the time of Jackie Robinson, Stealing Home. Ellen Schwartz and her husband live in Burnaby, B.C., with their two grown daughters.

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Grade 8 Up—In this pedestrian story, two best friends grow apart and then find one another again. Molly and Gwen were inseparable until the seventh grade, when Molly decides to start hanging out with the kids who drink and smoke pot, while Gwen continues to work on her dancing. When she and her father are caught in an avalanche while skiing and he is seriously injured, Molly is hanging out with her friends in Gwen's family cabin and accidentally burns it down. Gwen has relatively few injuries except for a mysterious pain in her right leg, for which there is no physical cause. However, she is convinced that she will never dance again. Meanwhile, Molly takes the fall for burning the cabin when her "friends" leave her holding the bag. She must complete community service by working for Gwen's family to help out while the girl's father is in the hospital. The writing is simplistic, the dialogue is bland, and the characters are one-dimensional. The lesson about who your real friends are is delivered with a heavy hand, and the final reunion of Molly and Gwen is sickly sweet. There are many better-written books about friendship that are not so pedantic.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
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