Book Blitz: Dancing on the Edge by Kit Bakke

2 de mayo de 2014

Dancing on the Edge by Kit Bakke 
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Twelve year-old Dot is not a dancer, but after her mother’s sudden and senseless death, she finds herself dancing on the edge…of everything.  After her whole world unravels in seconds, Dot is propelled on a voyage to discover the meaning of her past, and of her mother’s greatest gift to her.

With all familiar anchors swept away, Dot’s trip becomes a struggle between finding that gift and running away from a future that feels so bleak.  Pack your bags for a memorable, powerful journey into life in the wake of profound loss.

From Chapter 1: The Red Tsunami

No one had expected Dot’s mother to die. It was a freak accident, Dot heard 

the medic say when he screeched the van into the Emergency Room driveway of the 

hospital and doctors and nurses ran out to rush Thea’s prone body through a door 

labeled Major Procedures. Although everyone moved quickly, it was already too late 

to do anything but talk.

Staring at the blue yarn or the yellow walls wasn’t enough to block the 

pictures of that cloudy Saturday afternoon. Dot couldn’t stop them from unreeling 

over and over again in her mind. Against her will, she watched her mother and 

herself leave their neighborhood branch of the Seattle Public Library, as they’d done 

hundreds of times ever since Dot was two years old, happily loaded with two weeks’ 

worth of adventure, fun and, just possibly, wisdom.

Next she saw her mother and herself outside the library entrance, holding their 

books and pointing at the clouds in the sky with their free hands. Dot remembered 

every word of their discussion about the definite preponderance of nimbostratus 

formations. They agreed it might rain soon, so they decided they’d better take the bus 

instead of walking. Most of Dot and Thea’s decisions were like that—choices made 

together after an interesting chat. Thea always said she learned as much as Dot when 

they talked like that, which always made Dot feel good.

Dot stared harder at the tufts of blue, trying like crazy to hang on and not 

go past the cloud conversation. But she failed, like she always had this past week, 

and the next memory reel started up, the one where she walked to the corner with 

her mother. For the millionth time Dot watched as she and her mother stood waiting 

for the light to change so they could cross over to their bus stop. Then came the 

completely and totally unstoppable scene—the part when the big red trailer truck 

roared by and its huge, sticking-out side-view mirror hit Thea right at eye level. Dot 

heard the damp thudding sound echo again and again as it smashed the top of her 

mother’s head and broke her neck. It was over in a flash.

Dot never imagined the world could change so fast. One second she had a 

mother, and the next second she didn’t. One second she was an ordinary kid with 

ordinary problems, a second later she was an orphan who was afraid of everything. It 

wasn’t just her mother who had lost her hold on life.


Kit Bakke spent the last half of the 20th century as a political radical (SDS and the Weather Underground), a pediatric oncology nurse, and an information technology consultant. In the 21st century, she became a published writer. Her MISS ALCOTT'S E-MAIL has led to further writing adventures, including being a founding member of Seattle7Writers ( and a chapter in HOTEL ANGELINE. Her latest book, DOT TO DOT, is a story of travel, discovery and possibly magic. Young teens, if they are good readers, like it, and so do adults.

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