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Miracle McCloy is the child of a talented dancer, who died in childbirth, and a brilliant, reclusive novelist. Raised by her grandmother Gigi, a psychic, Miracle becomes a dancer herself, and a loner who believes in mystical spirits and auras. Then her father disappears. When no one can give an explanation, or even a version of the truth, Miracle becomes obsessed with contacting him and bringing him back. As she loses herself in her quest, she loses her self? and, in a last, desperate attempt, sends her life up in flames. In the page-turning tradition of best-selling novels I Never Promised You a Rose Garden and The Bell Jar, Dancing on the Edge gives readers a story? and a heroine? they will never forget. "Nolan dives into the mind of an emotionally disturbed girl in an intense, exceptionally well-written novel?The shadows of truth, suffering, self-expression, and repression are examined without psychobabble in this sad, funny, and tender story." ? Kirkus Reviews, pointer review "Nolan does a masterful job of drawing readers into the girl's mind and making them care deeply about her chances for the future." ? School Library Journal, starred review


A young girl from a dysfunctional family creates for herself an alternative world which nearly results in her death but which ultimately leads her to reality. Winner of the 1997 National Book Award.

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Han Nolan is the author of Send Me Down a Miracle, which was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Award, and If I Should Die Before I Wake. She lives with her family in Alabama.

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emmejo, July 3, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
Miracle's mother was hit crossing the street, and thus Miracle was born from a dead woman. She has been raised by her father, a distracted author, and her grandmother Gigi, a professional psychic. She has always believed what Gigi says is true, so when her father disappears and Gigi says he melted, she believes it. She also believes he's coming back, and will do anything necessary to help him do so.

I couldn't put this book down. The fast-moving plot and some interesting characters made it difficult to remove your eyes from the text. The writing is unobtrusive and smooth, making it easy to get lost in Miracle's confused world.

On the other hand, I didn't care for some of the characters, mostly Gigi, who I felt were stereotypical and dull. The ending also felt rushed and sloppy compared to a lot of the rest of the book.
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Baranski53, December 14, 2006 (view all comments by Baranski53)
I am a freshman in high school and I read this book for an English book report. It was an excellent story. I would definitely recommend that any teen-aged girl should read this book. I found it very inspirational.
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Nolan, Han
Puffin Books
New York :
Girls & Women
Family - General
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Social Situations - General
Family problems
Supernatural -- Fiction.
Social Issues - General
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
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7.05x4.35x.50 in. .32 lbs.
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