By Jodi Lundgren
Hello summer... Hello turning fifteen!
Finally, Natalie's turned fifteen. She's officially a grown-up (just tell her mother that) and ready for anything. School is out, and she and her best friend Sasha are going to be practicing with their dance team all summer. Dancing is Natalie's passion – it's what got her through the break-up of her parents' marriage, and her father's move halfway across the country to start a new family. Now, she needs it more than ever as she tries to navigate the unpredictable world of older boys – specifically Kevin, Sasha's older brother – and to learn the difference between love and lust. When her friendship with Sasha goes on the rocks, her relationship with Kevin goes too far, and her mother reveals a shocking truth, Natalie finds strength in her dancing. Will it be enough? And when a new teacher introduces her to the world of modern dance – will she find the confidence to take it on?
About the Author
Jodi Lundgren grew up in Victoria dancing and writing. Later on, she trained and performed as a dancer while pursuing a Ph.D. in English in Seattle. She has published one other novel, Touched (2009) and her short stories and creative non-fiction have appeared in numerous magazines. She now teaches English and Creative Writing at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Release: March 1, 2011
5.5 x 8.25
Ages 13-17 / Grades 9-12
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Praise for Leap
“A sometimes startlingly realistic and heart-wrenching novel... The overwhelming confusion and loneliness of navigating first loves and first sexual encounters ring true.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Natalie persuasively develops from naïve and resentful... and, finally, to poised.” - Publishers Weekly
"This novel, with its luminous descriptions of dance and frank discussions of sexuality and relationships, will captivate teens looking for a story they can relate to." - School Library Journal
"This is a book to challenge and please girls who are growing out of more predictable forms of teen chick-lit." - Resource Links