J. M. Hope Spinsation: Learning to Breathe

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Spinsation: Learning to Breathe

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Lilly Abbott is experiencing all of the normal things that a girl might as she gets ready to move up to high school. Her grades are up, her parents are supportive, and her voice is serving her well as she gets ready for a career in music. But an unfortunate turn causes Lilly to realize that growing up is more than she bargained and there is something different that she wants out of life. As she learns to spin flags with her school's color guard, Lilly must depend on her new friends to brave through the changes of her youth.

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Dear Reader,

            If you are someone who is a performer, has performed in the past, or just loves the color guard/dance activity, I hope you will enjoy this story and the characters therein. So many children experience the changes in their lives as they make the transition to more independent young adults, and that is what I wanted to capture through the eyes of Lilly and the other girls and boys in this story.

            Lilly's story reflects a lot about what my own start to color guard was like when I was young. The story is completely fictional, of course, but some of the events are based on real-life experiences that I had or that I have watched my own students have as they grow up in the color guard. Many times I wonder how a story in my life would have turned out differently if I had done just one thing differently, and many times those are the stories that turn out the best, when I open my mind and let my fingers dance across the keys on their own.

            The journey for these characters is not going to be an easy one, I assure you. They will have a lot of obstacles to overcome throughout their time as members of the color guard; all of them real-life issues that I watch my own color guard students endure from year to year. I hope to provide in these stories a positive influence and role models for real students to be able to follow. And to help anyone struggling with life to understand that there are others in the world who have gone through it all and have come out on the other side a strong young adult.

            I have spent time performing with more color guard and dance ensembles than you can shake a stick at, and since a tragic shoulder injury destroyed my hopes of performing again I started teaching high school color guards across the United States. When I teach students, I not only share my philosophies on dancing and performance, but on life as well. I do my best to be a positive, uplifting role model for students to look up to. With the Spinsation book series I hope that my advice and life philosophies can reach a larger audience and spread positive influence further than I could personally travel myself.

            Happy reading!

Sincerely,
            J.M. Hope

About the Author:

J.M. Hope first became involved in her high school color guard in the late 1990s and has since gone on to pursue performance opportunities with several college and drum and bugle corps color guards. Miss Hope has always believed in the empowerment of youth through the performing arts.

She has been influenced by many notable authors in her lifetime, including Mark Twain, Anne McCaffrey, H.G. Wells, Ann M. Martin, Katherine Applegate, Jean Craighead George, and Stephanie Meyer. She now resides in Missouri, where she teaches high school color guard, with her beloved horses and dogs.

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