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Dancing Naked

Orca Book Publishers

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.


"Useful...for readers who want to see an exploration of some choices a pregnant teen may face."


"Exhibits a marked development in the author's style and exploration of character."


"The subject matter, plus strong writing and plotting, invites recreational reading; also consider this for curriculum support."


"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."


Shelley Hrdlitschka has written many novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hikes, snowshoes and hangs out with grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca.

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