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Dancing on the Edge

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,362 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Miracle McCloy comes from an unusual family: Her father, Dane is a prodigy who published his first book at age thirteen; her grandmother, Gigi, is clairvoyant; and her mother was dead when her "miracle" daughter was pulled from her womb. Having been raised according to a set of mystical rules and beliefs, Miracle is unable to cope in the real world. Lost in a desperate dan ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1997)
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Evelyn C. She was born from a dead body. Her mom died before she was born. So people suspected she would have died with her mom.

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Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
You know when they describe books as poignant? This is the real deal, and embodies the true meaning of the word. This book was so hard to read. Not interest wise but mentally.

Miracle has been born of a dead mother, and that is not the only thing that sets her apart. Her grandma Gigi is into talking with the dead, incense and the like. Miracle herself believes in all of this too. It all becomes too real when her father Dane just melts. Yeah you read right he "melts". She moves to her Grandpa's an
Spider the Doof Warrior
May 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-love-this-book
When I first started this book, I thought, this is ridiculous. This book is so stupid. I kept reading it and thought. Wow. This is powerful stuff. It's a book of lies, half-truths and trying to find out who you are through the lies.
Miracle is told over and over how she survived being pulled from the body of a dead woman, but there's so much she hasn't been told, so much she can only feel about her birth. She really just wants to be a normal healthy child, so this book is about her finding her wa
May 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"There's always light after the dark. You have to go through that dark place to get to it, but it's there, waiting for you. It's like riding on a train through a dark tunnel. If you get so scared you jump off in the middle of the ride, then you're there, in the tunnel, stuck in the dark. You have to ride the train all the way to the end of the ride."

—Dr DeAngelis, Dancing on the Edge, P. 210

The style of this book is so unusual that it's hard for me to completely get a grasp on it. Living thro
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was amazing, not only because of the amazing plot but because it’s about a teenage girl Miracle, who’s about fourteen years old and deals with her difficult life. It was about a girl who loves dance and trying so hard not give up. It’s also very sad because both her parents are not there to support her or have fun with her because her mother died right when Miracle was born. This usually happens often in America and it’s really devastating when you hear it. Imagine it, not having a mot ...more
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Emily Tuckness-Kuntz
I didn't particularly like the beginning, and I was very confused. The purposed childish southern accent in the beginning was a nice touch though, and was appreciated. I did enjoy how Miracle describes her family members quite bluntly. How her Aunt Casey always has lipstick on her teeth (seriously, that's always embarrassing. Am I right girls?). My taste in it did get better as the book progressed. (Minor spoilers. Stop now if it bugs you) I loved when she finally established a relationship with ...more
Miracle got her name simply from the fact that she was born from he dead mother. Miracle McCloy was raised by her grandma, while her dad was kinda around he was still very depressed . Not long after her dad disappeared, her grandpas's house was his by a tornado and ruined. Miracle has some mental problems. Her grandpa allows her to take dance classes even though she is forbidden, because her mother used to be a dancer. She finds out her mothers death was actually a suicide, her mother had jumped ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A brief recap from my previous reviews of Han Nolan: I loved Crazy, more than I can describe. Both If I Should Die Before I Wake and Born Blue paled in comparison. I admired Nolan in both books for trying to write something unique and powerful, but both of them had fundamental problems that kept them from totally succeeding - both of them were, in the end, just average. I thought this would turn out the same way. And indeed, for the first half of the novel, it was pretty mediocre. But things tur ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
This book was extremely dramatic and hypmotizing. I could not seem to keep myself away from reading one more page. Miracle's journey and despiration left me stunned, and so far off from what I usually read. This book left a mark on me that i can not really explain, but it was deap. Her despiration to find who she really was, and not be stuck in the dust was really intense. When Mireacle finally realized that this world her grandmother was creating wasn't real, and was not safe i almost jumped f ...more
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade-books
I loved this book so much!!! Though I thought that it was kind of negative, but considering what the main character went through I can understand. I feel like if I were to read this book again when I am older I would understand more of the metaphors and true meaning of this book. I am not saying that I didn't understand it, or it wasn't clear. All I got was the basic storyline without the true message.

Dancing on the Edge had a lot of description. It truly painted the picture for you in your mind
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
Reading the first part of the book made me doubt whether I was reading the book right or whether I truly understood whatever it was I was reading. But I think there lies the brilliance of this book: reading the struggle of Miracle between real and unreal will pull you on the mystery of her family. I SIMPLY CANNOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN NO MATTER HOW CONFUSED I THOUGHT I AM OR WILL BE.

The second part now gives you a clear picture of the mystery of the struggle and I was awed of the complexity of the s
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book really captured me. The way the author presents Miracle (the main character) is so realistic, it's as if the author herself has gone through the exact situation. It's so personal, it's like a diary. From a writing standpoint, it's wonderfully written. As for the story, if it were made into a movie and done properly, it would be a hit. I read it off and on when I first checked it out but then all of a sudden I couldn't stop reading it. This character is so painstakingly realistic that i ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For a book that first inspired me to write, it seems strange how hard it to find words that capture what it meant to me. Beyond an amazing plot; beyond exquisitely fleshed-out and stripped-down characters, beyond the lyrical beauty of Nolan's writing in general.

This book introduced me to poetry. It gave me words for things like "poignant" and "yearning" and "depression," for feelings that had and would tear and burrow and putrefy inside me. It taught me about the power of knowledge, and the trut
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
یکی از خوش ساخت ترین و پر کشش ترین رمان هایی که برای نوجوان ها نوشته شده است
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bít-tết
dù hơi khó để hiểu và cảm nhân vật, vẫn cảm thấy đây là một câu chuyện đẹp, một kết thúc thực sự nhẹ nhõm và vui mừng.
Mèo Lì lợm
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tôi đã thực sự nhập hồn mình vào nhân vật. Cô bé ấy - Miracle trong tôi thật mong manh và dễ tan giống như chính cái tên của cô bé.
Tôi đã cười, đã khóc cùng nhân vật vì cô bé ấy giống một phần trong tôi quá.
Sự sợ hãi, bóng đen, thực thực ảo ảo trộn lẫn, xen kẽ khiến con người ta tự hoài nghi chính bản thân mình. Phải chăng mỗi người trong chúng ta đều như vậy? Ngoài kia, người dối người, có mấy ai là đang đối đãi với ta bằng tấm lòng chân thật? Có mấy ai ngày ngày gặp ta, đối diện với ta bằng g
Kelliann Gomez
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this as part of a summer reading challenge to read a book that has won a National Book Award. I had a problem finding one that sounded interesting to me, so I chose this... Unfortunately.

The story felt odd to me as if it started too early, elaborated too long on the middle, and had a really lackluster climax and ending. There were some good quotes, but I didn't feel like there was much closure at the end, like a chunk of the story was chopped off at the end to keep it short instead of cut
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly underrated. A beautiful novel I will never tire of re-reading.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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Ira Book Lover
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Aku bukan siapa-siapa! Siapakah kamu?" ----hlm. 9 "

Kebenaran harus menarik orang sedikit demi sedikit. Kalau tidak, semua orang akan menjadi buta." ----hlm. 211


Kebohongan itu, apapun alasan dibaliknya, tidak pernah berakhir bagus. Miracle McCloy, dibesarkan dengan keyakinan bahwa dirinya istimewa. Neneknya, yang biasa dipanggil Gigi, menceritakan bahwa Miracle dilahirkan dari rahim ibunya yang tewas karena kecelakaan. Gigi juga mengatakan kalau itu adalah sebuah keajaiban, pertanda kalau Mir
Abbey Road
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first picked up this book from my 5th grade library to complete my monthly reading minimum for class. I expected nothing more than another boring and terrible book written for children with a much lower reading level than me (by 5th grade I had a high school reading level).

I started this movie a little bet bored and confused by as I read I really grew to love it. This is my favorite book that I now read multiple times a year. This year got me back into reading.

I feel like it's better if you g
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was an iconic part of my childhood! I loved it growing up. I didn't like it so much as an adult, but it was still moving.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Don't know if I just read a book or block of Swiss cheese, the plot holes are just as plentiful. Can't say I enjoyed this but I acknowledge it could resonate with some readers.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my second favorite book *_*
Alma Cruz
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dancing on the Edge
By: Han Nolan

Though I prefer funny and science fiction, reading Dancing on the Edge was a mysterious experience to read about. The storyline was really good, but what interested me was when had the thought of cutting her hair is Dane. Dancing on the Edge is a powerful story.
Dancing on the Edge is about a girl named Miracle McCloy who is raised by her grandmother Gigi, Miracle is constantly reminded how she came to the world, that it was a “miracle” birth. She is expected to
Claire Yokabitus
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Miracle, born from a dead woman. Is this possible? Well Dancing on the Edge says it is. Han Nolan's Dancing on the Edge was interesting yet confusing at some points since it moved so fast. It also had a very unique style which i'm not very used to reading.

Miracle was said to be born from a dead woman. Her mom was hit by an ambulance before she gave birth to Miracle. Her Grandma Gigi then decided to name her Miracle since it was a miracle that she was alive. She lived with her grandma for a while
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dancing on the Edge had a slow start, and for the first 2/3rds of the novel, I was thinking, of course, this is your typical award novel fodder--missing parents, coming of age for a young girl, ~symbolic~ names and colors and weather events. But the last section of the book, wow. The lead-up redeems itself in the pay-off, where Miracle's psyche is finally fully realized, not just for the reader, but for Miracle herself. It's still all the typical coming of age awards fodder, but for once, it com ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book was the winner of the 1997 National Book Award.

I have no idea why it won. The book is, to me, boring and confused. It seems to have two parts. The first part seems to indicate that something quite unusual has taken place that involves the paranormal. Numerous references to paranormal activities like the ouija board and auras abound. Miracle, the young girl, is the center of the story and it seems that her father melted; that is, he disappeared mysteriously.

For the first half of the book
Mary Austin
May 05, 2016 rated it liked it
I recommend “ Dancing on the Edge” by Han Nolan because it is a great book that lures you in and makes you want to read more and see what happens. I enjoyed it a lot.

It's about a girl named Miracle and her mother was killed in an accident when she was pregnant with her so she was born from the body of a dead woman. Well, her Grandma Gigi, her Aunt Casey, and her decided to use a ouija board to contact her mother, Sissy. Sissy spelled to them that her father, Dane, was gone. They ran to his room
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“There's always light after the dark. You have to go through that dark place to get to it, but it's there, waiting for you. It's like riding on a train through a dark tunnel. If you get so scared you jump off in the middle of the ride, then you're there, in the tunnel, stuck in the dark. You have to ride the train all the way to the end of the ride.” 44 likes
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