November 20, 2014

#Review & #Giveaway of A Time to Dance by @padmatv

Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyamdance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the human spirit.

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

 About the Author


Padma Venkatraman is an American citizen and lives in Rhode Island.
Padma Venkatraman's most recent novel, A TIME TO DANCE, was released in May 2014 to starred reviews in Kirkus, Booklist, VOYA and SLJ, and rave reviews online and in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and The Denver Post. A TIME TO DANCE is also an IndieBound KidsNext Summer 2014 List selection.
CLIMBING THE STAIRS was released to starred reviews in Booklist, PW and VOYA, and ISLAND'S END was also released to starred reviews in KIRKUS, Booklist, PW, and SLJ. CLIMBING THE STAIRS won the 2009 Julia Ward Howe Boston Authors Club Medal (YA) and the ASTAL RI Book of the Year award, as well as several other honors, including: Bank Street College of Education Best Book, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Booklist Editor's Choice Best Book of the Year, NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, 2009 CCBC choice, NCSS/CBC Notable SS Trade Book, Capitol Choices Award, PA School ibrary Association Top 40, CLN Top 25 07-08, ALA/Amelia Bloomer 2009 Book, PW Flying Start, and Booksense Notable. ISLAND'S END won the South Asia Book Award as well as the Paterson Prize and was honored as a YALSA ALA/BBYA, ALA/Amelia Bloomer selection, CCBC choice, Kirkus Best Book, Booklist Best Book, and a finalist for the Crystal Kite and Julia Ward Howe awards. Padma Venkatraman has a doctorate in oceanography and was a researcher for many years before she wrote her novels. 

The cover was the first thing that drew me in to this one.  And well that is not where it ended.  The about this book also dug deep within my heart. As this is a story about a girl who loves to dance and then looses her leg.  So as an amputee her dreams are shattered.  I have to say that even with faith I don't think I could have come back from that.  In this story you will dance along with Veda as she struggles to do what she was met to do.

Written in beautiful poemesc prose this book will take your breath away!

 Go Into This One Knowing 
320 pages but will fee like 100. 

"All opinions are 100% honest and my own." 

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  Disclaimer: Thanks to Goodreads and Amazon for the book cover, about the book, and author information.


Deanna Stevens said...

I think at first it would be so hard, but I have faith that eventually I'd work through it..

Thais Pampado said...

This sounds like a beautiful book. I think that overcoming something like that would be a hard task, but I'd do it if I had the support of friends and family.

Elizabeth said...

I am a dancer, and I would be devastated if something like that happened to me, I probably wouldn't try again for another few years.

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