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After the dancing days
Margaret I. Rostkowski.
New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row, c1986.
217 p. ; 24 cm.


A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.

Best Books:

Best Books for Young Adults, 1986 ; American Library Association YALSA; United States
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California
Young Adults' Choices, 1988 ; International Reading Association; United States

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Golden Kite Award, 1987 Award Book Fiction United States
Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature, 1987 Honor Book California United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

California Young Reader Medal, 1989 ; Nominee; Middle School/Junior High; California
Utah Children's Book Awards, 1988 ; Nominee; Children's Fiction; Utah
Utah Children's Book Awards, 1991 ; Nominee; Young Adult; Utah
Voice of Youth Award, 2002-2003 ; Nominee; 7th and 8th Grade; Illinois

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader Points 8
Accelerated Vocabulary

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 14
Lexile Measure 650


Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Winner of the 1985 Publication Prize in the Utah Original Writing Competition, this first novel, set in a small town near Kansas City, deals with both the realism and the ironies of heroism. Thirteen-year-old Annie finds herself drawn to the veterans' hospital where her doctor-father has started to work after World War I. There she begins a tenuous friendship with Andrew, a young veteran who has been horribly burned by gas. Despite her mother's opposition to it, Annie maintains her friendship with Andrew. Through Andrew, Annie finds out the real circumstances of the wartime death of her Uncle Paul, the only adult ever to treat Annie as though she counted. Then Annie faces her first test of maturity: she must confront both her mother's anger and the true nature of war. Fine characterizations and a powerful theme combine in an important debut. (12-up)


World War, 1914-1918--United States--Fiction.
People with disabilities Fiction.
Imprints 20th century 1986
Juvenile literature--New York (N.Y.)--1986.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.R7237 Af 1986
85045810 [Fic]
0060250771 : $13.95
006025078X (lib. bdg.) : $13.89
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