A Dance for Three by Louise Plummer

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Hannah: Today, when Mama learns I'm pregnant, she doesn't ask about Milo.  What will Milo think?  She doesn't ask what I'm going to do about the baby, if I'm scared.  She doesn't say, What about high school?  She doesn't say, You're not old enough to drive yet.  She doesn't say, What can I do?

Trilby: My mom thinks I should go visit Hannah, and she calls the hospital about visiting hours, but Hannah can't see anyone. I'm relieved. I don't know what I'd say to her....My head fills with questions I don't dare ask her. What is it like to have sex? What is it like to be pregnant?

Roman: I know why I'm mad. I want to hold the baby too. I want to be his uncle. I seem to be the only one in the family who even wants to consider that he is our relation.  If only Hannah had fallen for me.  If only, if only.  Fat chance, next to Milo.

When she finds out she's pregnant at age fifteen, Hannah Ziebarth believes she'll be all right. She'll start a family with Milo, and the three of them will live happily ever after.

Then reality hits hard.

Louise Plummer tells Hannah's powerful story from three perspectives.  But from every angle, this is a tale of loss, recovery and self-discovery.


Trilby: "My mom thinks I should go visit Hannah, and she calls the hospital about visiting hours, but Hannah can't see anyone. I'm relieved. I don't know what I'd say to her. . . . What is it like to have sex? What is it like to be pregnant?"

Roman: "I know why I'm mad. I want to hold the baby too. I want to be his uncle."

When she finds out she's pregnant at age 15, Hannah Ziebarth believes she will be all right. She will start a family with Milo, and the three of them will live happily ever after. Then reality hits hard. -->
 

About Louise Plummer

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Louise Plummer was born in the Netherlands and came to America with her parents when she was five years old. She and her husband, Tom, have lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and St. Paul, Minnesota. They now live in Salt Lake City, where she is an associate professor of English. Louise Plummer's most recent novel for Delacorte Press is The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman.About A Dance for Three, Louise Plummer says, "I knew I would write about a teenage pregnancy when a close relative of mine became pregnant. I realized that the pregnancy itself was only part of a whole group of problems; so with fifteen-year-old Hannah Ziebarth, I wanted to show how a pregnancy affects a girl who is already overwhelmed by a troubled life."&l
 
Published March 7, 2000 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"Sharply etched characters and varied narrators elevate Plummer's tale of a pregnant, troubled 15-year-old well above the confines of a problem novel," said PW.

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Hannah narrates much of the novel, but her best friend, Trilby, and Milo's brother, Roman, also have their say, filling in parts of the story Hannah cannot or will not see.

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