Dancing on the Edge by Han Nolan

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Miracle McCloy has always known that there is something different about her: She was pulled from the womb of a dead woman--a “miracle” birth--and Gigi, her clairvoyant grandmother, expects Miracle to be a prodigy, much like Dane, the girl’s brooding novelist father. Having been raised according to a set of mystical rules and beliefs, Miracle is unable to cope in the real world. Lost in a desperate dance among lit candles, Miracle sets herself afire and is hospitalized. There Dr. DeAngelis, a young psychiatrist, helps her through her painful struggle to take charge of her life.
 

About Han Nolan

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HAN NOLAN is the author of several books, including Dancing on the Edge which won the National Book Award and Send Me Down a Miracle, a National Book Award finalist.áShe lives with her husband on the East Coast. á
 
Published October 1, 1997 by Harcourt Children's Books. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Charting the near-destruction of a child's soul at the hands of the self-centered, bickering adults around her, Nolan (Send Me Down a Miracle, 1996, etc.) dives into the mind of an emotionally disturbed girl in an intense, exceptionally well-written novel.

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Nolan's (If I Should Die Before I Wake) attempt to create a compassionate first-person narrative of a mentally ill girl who finds her way back to sanity gets off to a tedious and confusing start. Infl

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A mentally ill girl finds her way back to sanity in this 1997 National Book Award winner.

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Nolan (Send Me Down a Miracle) withholds vital facts about Miracle's family situation until the end of the book, leaving readers to struggle through pages and pages of Miracle's bizarre thoughts and habits (e.g., she believes a giant eraser is chasing her on her way home from forbidden dance clas...

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