Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: A Time to Dance, by Padma Venkatraman

A Time to Dance would interest readers who want to know more about India and dance, in particular.

Veda wants nothing more than to perfect her dance technique and become a famous dancer. She dances an ancient Indian dance form called bharatanatyam. She wins a prestigious competition and she is on her way--until she is in an accident and loses her leg below the knee.

The rest of the story is Veda learning to live her new life and realizing that she can still dance, even with a prosthetic leg. Romance is also part of the story, as well as family relationships.

A Time to Dance is a good, heartwarming story about a young girl overcoming obstacles with much courage. Not a lot happens plot-wise, and there isn't much that's unpredictable. However, I enjoyed the story and wanted Veda to succeed and be happy.

A Time to Dance is written in verse, but reads very much like prose, so don't let that keep you away. Actually, this would be a good "first book" if you've not experienced this type of fiction written in verse.

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books, May 1, 2014
ARC obtained from Library Media Connection Magazine
307 pages (Qualifies for my Books You Can Read in a Day Challenge!)

Rating: 3/5

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