A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin
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Best friends throughout their entire childhoods, Samantha and Julie are devastated when Julie is diagnosed with cancer the summer before their senior year, and their friendship changes in many difficult ways.

About Davida Wills Hurwin

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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.
Published December 1, 1997 by Perfection Learning. 257 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Jules collapses at dance class in excruciating pain, she finds herself on a path where no best friend can follow: She has acute leukemia that, in spite of massive doses of chemotherapy, is terminal.

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Few YA dramas deal with the issue of terminal illness as intimately as this gripping first novel, which alternates between the points of view of Juliana, at 16 a gifted dancer, and her ``one-and-only'' best friend, Samantha.

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