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Homeroom Exercise Hardcover – October, 2001

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Grade 6-9-At first glance, this novel seems to tell the story of an aspiring dancer, but the main topic is one that is not often touched on in adolescent fiction. Regan lives to dance, that is, until she begins having unusual pain and swelling in her joints. She tries to hide her problem from her parents and dance teacher until one night the pain is so intense that she is unable to get out of bed. At first the doctors think the girl has leukemia, but later find that she has rheumatoid arthritis. Regan feels that her life is now over until her best friend shows her what is possible, even with this disability. There is little character development except for Regan. Also, it's unfortunate that there isn't more factual information about this condition and/or sources for further research on the subject as readers will want to know more. Still, since the novel deals with an unusual subject, it may be worth purchasing.
Shilo Halfen, Chicago Public Library
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Gr. 4-7. Twelve-year-old Regan Schaffer, who has her heart set on a professional dance career, hopes that being chosen as the host of Homeroom Exercise, a closed-circuit dance and calisthenics program to be broadcast to every classroom in her school, will further her goal. Then, her body begins to betray her--her knee swells, she develops a fever and chills, and several of her joints freeze up, causing great pain. The diagnosis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is both physically and mentally disabling for Regan, who must come to terms with her prognosis. Several realistic subplots involving Regan's friendships with other classmates lighten the tone of the story and keep the book from becoming maudlin, and Striegel does her best to paint a hopeful (if not entirely rosy) picture of Regan's future. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823415791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823415793
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Homeroom Exercise is a wonderful and deeply felt story about the hopes and desires of a young dancer and the obstacles put in her path by fate. Regan is a 12 year old with big goals of a dancing career. She is stricken with Juvenille Rheumatoid Arthritis at a time in her life where she is on top of the world and everything seems certain. She had just auditioned and won the coveted position as host of a televised middle school exercise program called Homeroom Exercise. Throughout the book the authors talent for description lends the book an authenticity of experience and feeling that take you right into each scene and into the heart of Regan. I recommend this book highly to all children over 9 and parents as well.
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Regan is determined to become a professional dancer: and with talent and flare she seems certain to achieve her goals, especially when she successfully hosts a weekly aerobic exercise program. Suddenly a mysterious ailment strikes down her dreams - in coping with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, will she become crippled and lose her dreams of dancing? A realistic story of adjustment and courage.
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