Avalanche Dance

Avalanche Dance Gwen lives for dancing When she has the chance to take an intensive and expensive course far from home she knows her parents will object She also knows that she can usually convince her father to sup

  • Title: Avalanche Dance
  • Author: Ellen Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780887769580
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gwen lives for dancing When she has the chance to take an intensive and expensive course far from home, she knows her parents will object She also knows that she can usually convince her father to support her She raises the subject when they re together skiing, but the discussion turns into an angry confrontation that is cut short by a sudden dreadful avalanche thatGwen lives for dancing When she has the chance to take an intensive and expensive course far from home, she knows her parents will object She also knows that she can usually convince her father to support her She raises the subject when they re together skiing, but the discussion turns into an angry confrontation that is cut short by a sudden dreadful avalanche that almost kills her dad.The avalanche leaves terrible damage in its wake Gwen is left wracked with guilt and injuries that may end her career as a dancer Her life is complicated by her best friend, Molly Molly has her own demons, and may either be a danger to Gwen or part of her salvation Gwen must find a way to make peace with Molly, with her family, and with her own conscience if she is ever again going to experience the freedom that dancing brought her.

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    About "Ellen Schwartz"

    1. Ellen Schwartz

      Ellen Schwartz was born in Washington, DC, and now lives with her family in Burnaby, British Columbia In addition to writing books, she has published dozens of magazine articles and adult short stories Her stories for children have been published in children s magazines and teaching anthologies In addition to her work as an author, Ms Schwartz and her husband run a communications consulting company She works as a corporate writer, and teaches creative writing at Simon Fraser University and Douglas College Before becoming a writer, Ms Schwartz taught special education and the primary grades, and worked as an environmental educator.

    848 thoughts on “Avalanche Dance”

    1. This book looks like it's all about Gwen. A 13 year old who's whole life revolves around dancing. While the center of the story unfolds and revolves around Gwen you have another main character. Molly. Gwen's ex-best friend who just wanted to party and have fun and falls in with the wrong crowd doing the wrong things. Both their lives seem to turn upside down at the same time. It's an easy read. The plot is decent but it's rather simple. It's a perfect read for pre-teens if you don't mind them re [...]


    2. Following the avalanche that injures Gwen and puts her father in the hospital, Gwen isolates herself entirely. She feels responsible, and she doesn't feel like she can tell anyone. This is partly because she's had a major falling out with her best friend (of forever), Molly, over Molly's new found fascination with alcohol and pot (and yes, these are 13yr olds).Even though there are some more mature issues brought up in this book, particularly the drinking and substance abuse, Avalanche Dance nev [...]


    3. Gwen is a dance through and through. Some kids like video games, others like basketball, Gwen’s passion is dancing and choreographing dances. Pretty deep for a teenage girl. But all of that is risked when she and her father go skiing one early morning and come face-to-face with an avalanche. Now Gwen takes the blame she and her father’s injuries and has an intense pain in her leg that may sideline her for good.Avalanche Dance is a very quick, fast paced story of friendship through the rocky [...]


    4. Gwen and Molly have been best friends forever. Then Molly starts hanging with the party crowd and they are no longer best friends. They've gone down two different paths. Gwen is involved in her dance. Suddenly she has the opportunity to attend 3 weeks of a wonderfully grueling workshop at the University of British Columbia. Because it is expensive she knows her mom will say no, so she decides to work on her dad first. Gwen never expected the argument with her father about the cost of the worksho [...]


    5. What makes "Avalanche Dance" this good is that readers can relate to it, regardless of whether or not they have gone through a similar experience themselves. There are two main issues which propel the plot forward: (1) the avalanche that Gwen encountered with her dad and left her guilt-stricken over her dad's injuries, (2) the rift between Gwen and her former best friend Molly. Told from alternating perspectives between Gwen and Molly, allowed for both characters to develop. Even though Gwen see [...]


    6. *CONTAINS SPOILERS!* I received a free copy of this book through a First Reads author giveaway (Thank you Ellen Schwartz). Avalanche Dance was a really good book! I enjoyed the entire book. This story is about Molly and Gwen. They were best friends, but not anymore. Gwen has a passion for dancing, she goes skiing with her dad and they are involved in an avalanche. They are rescued, but they are both hurt. Gwen hurts her leg and needs a cane to walk, her dad is severely injured and hospitalized [...]


    7. Gwen loves to dance and she's really good! She has the opportunity to attend a summer dance camp in Vancouver, but her dad thinks she's too young to be away from home alone. After arguing with him while skiing, she storms off and they both get caught in an avalanche. Gwen's dad is badly injured and must spend weeks in the hospital, but Gwen recovers quickly except for some lingering pain in her legs. Is her dancing career over?This is a quick read, but the story is engaging and believable. Altho [...]


    8. Two girls, Molly and Gwen, inseparable friends from the age of seven find their friendship in tatters as each pursues different choices in adolescence - Molly reaches for the temptations of partying and drugs and Gwen is consumed by dance. Two simultaneous tragedies befall the girls and through the resolution of the dual problems, the girls find a way to reconnect. A good story, well told, although the beginning is somewhat shaky.



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