Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples

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By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Shabanu

On a day when fish leap among the stars and birds soar beneath the waters, a remarkable girl named Parvati is born in a village in the South of India. As she grows, she becomes known for the peculiar events that seem to spring from beneath her dancing feet, and is widely thought to have supernatural powers. When a great master of Indian classical dance comes to see for himself, he recognizes in Parvati a rare talent and invites her to study with him at his gurukulam in the city of Madras. There she commits herself to a rigorous and solitary program of study, dance, and devotion. But when she meets a boy with his own extraordinary powers, her life is turned upside down, and she must question the one thing of which she has always been most sure - that she was born to dance. In this powerful novel rich with mysticism, Suzanne Fisher Staples tells the poignant story of a strong girl who refuses to squander her magical gifts in the face of life's ordinary but perplexing mysteries.

About Suzanne Fisher Staples

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Suzanne Fisher Staples is the Newbery Honor author of "Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind." She lives in Pennsylvania.
Published April 12, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 288 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Parvati and her mother are feared and shunned, so when a teacher of classical Indian dance comes to invite the now 12-year-old to study with him, Parvati sees not only a chance at her heart’s desire but a way to free her family from poverty.

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A Hindu girl, known in her village for her dancing, is chosen to study with a dance guru.

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Her stories are so dense and her descriptions so involving, some readers may give up -- but the author does provide a useful glossary.

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