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The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Feb 06, 2014 | ISBN 9781101626559

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“This painfully honest portrait of a family in crisis raises questions about love, responsibility, and self-sacrifice as it moves gracefully to a difficult but realistic resolution.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“An intriguing medley of music, teen romance, high school life and serious family issues.” —Kirkus

“This realistic portrayal of a family nearly torn apart by crisis will interest fans of romance, music, and drama.” —School Library Journal

“…a coming-of-age novel with a romantic backdrop, The Sound of Letting Go ranks among the best in its genre.” —VOYA

“…poignant…” —BCCB

“Sharp, painful emotions come alive in flowing verse. Long after the notes fade, this book won’t let you go.”—Corrine Jackson, author of If I Lie


“Sara’s coming-of-age tale is one of passion and romance, colliding with her vision of whom she ultimately hopes to be. Her confused feelings are believably expressed and her attitudes toward her friends and the adults in her life will ring true, especially to…readers who are also involved in the performing arts.” —School Library Journal

“The author, who has a performing and choreography background, stages Sara’s dance world clearly through her spare verse, from ballet moves and body aches to studio drama… readers will empathize as she struggles with everything from sore shins to Rem’s fickleness and whether she wants to continue dancing.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Fans of Ellen Hopkins and Sonya Sones will enjoy this cautionary, detail-oriented look at the backstage world of the ballet and cheer for Sara as she finally makes her own decisions about her commitment to dance and her future.” —Booklist

“…the pages turn quickly once the reader gets into the rhythm of the words and Sara’s story. Kehoe can turn an evocative phrase, like the way she describes the “encrusted hairspray” of the dancer, or the minimalist way in which she describes a dancer’s eating disorder…” —Huffington Post

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