Sam is a fifteen-year-old drug orphan living with her custodial grandmother who is stricken with late-stage Alzheimer's. She struggles to fill the role of caregiver to her grandmother while keeping her little family a secret from the authorities who would send Gamma to a state facility and Sam to foster care. Just because her life isn't hard enough, there are still boys to have crushes on, essays to write for horrible English teachers, and a squad full of bullies to torment her on a daily basis.
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Author bio:Lorca Damon is a young adult writer and teacher. Her fiction focuses on the very real issues that teenagers actually face today, scenarios she learned from her students in the juvenile correctional facility where she teaches. She is the author of an Amazon bestselling title on autism, Autism By Hand, as well as a book of bizarre humor essays entitled It Was Like That When I Found It. Her two previous titles, Autism By Hand and It Was Like That When I Found It, are available on Amazon in print and for Kindle.
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My ReviewI read The Earth is for Dancing in about a day. It is a wonderful book that allows you to feel what Sam is going through. Determination and hard work is what Sam faces each day to take care of her grandmother. She does what she has to do to keep her family (herself and her grandmother) together. In addition to her responsibility to care for her grandmother, Sam is dealing with bullying in school. After years of getting by, her secret is out, and now she has to do everything possible to make sure they aren't split up.
It seems as if much thought and information gathering was done to pull the book together. I was able to experience Sam's life right along with her. All the ups and downs. At times it seemed as if there could be more details put into the story, but I still enjoyed it none the less.