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Dancing Naked
By author: Shelley Hrdlitschka
Selling Points: Teen pregnancy
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2002
Lexile Level: 560
Fry Reading Level: 4.3
Pages: 256
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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"I think I'm pregnant."

Derek stared at her, stunned. She stared back.

He finally found his voice. "You say you think. You don't know for sure?"

"I'm almost three weeks late."

"That's it?” Derek brushed by her. "I hear my sisters talking all the time. That's no big deal."

"It's a big deal for me."

Kia is sixteen and pregnant. Her world crumbles as she attempts to come to terms with the life growing inside her and what she must do. Initially convinced that abortion is her only option, Kia comes to understand that for her, the answers are not always black and white. As the pregnancy progresses, Kia discovers who her real friends are and where their loyalties lie. It is through her relationship with the elderly Grace that she learns what it means to take responsibility for one's life and the joy that can come from trusting oneself. Faced with the most difficult decision of her life, Kia learns that the path to adulthood is not the easily navigable trail she once thought, but a twisting labyrinth where every turn produces a new array of choices, and where the journey is often undertaken alone.
KLIATT - July 1, 2002
"Useful...for readers who want to see an exploration of some choices a pregnant teen may face."
VOYA - April 1, 2002
"A recommended purchase for all libraries serving young adults." "Hrdlitschka manages to cover several sensitive topics with grace, care, and insight with a cast of fully realized characters."
Booklist - March 15, 2002
"The subject matter, plus strong writing and plotting, invites recreational reading; also consider this for curriculum support."
Children's Book News - September 1, 2001
"Exhibits a marked development in the author's style and exploration of character."


ALA Best Books for Young Adults, long-listed  US  2003
ALA Popular Paperbacks, long-listed  US  2003
YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed  US  2003
CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2002
CLA Young Adult Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2002
White Pine, winner  CA  2002

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