1997

Dancing on the Edge

By Han Nolan

Current Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Brock Cole for The Facts Speak for Themselves
  • Adele Griffin for Sons of Liberty
  • Mary Ann McGuigan for Where You Belong
  • Tor Seidler for Mean Margaret

YPL Winner That Year: Han Nolan for Dancing on the Edge

Judges That Year: Michael Cart, Julius Lester, Robert Lipsyte, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson

The Year in Literature: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: Han Nolan said Dancing on the Edge was inspired by “my children and by other stories about children who, like my own, are adopted. For this book I asked myself two questions: How do you form an identity when those people who should be telling you who you are aren't there for you? And how does it affect a child to grow up ‘protected’ from family secrets?”

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