Wednesday, November 21st, 2007...9:17 pm
Dancing Through the Snow by Jean Little
It’s snowing and Christmas is just around the corner, but eleven year-old Min Randall is not looking forward to the celebration. She hates Christmas because it only serves to remind her that she doesn’t have a family of her own. When her foster mother abruptly packs up her things and delivers her back to her Children’s Aid caseworker’s office, Min braces herself for the inevitable discussion about what has gone wrong, and her innumerable faults. Time and again, Min is returned to Children’s Aid by foster parents who find her cold, heartless, sullen, sly.
Then Dr. Jess Hart, whom Min knows from a stay in hospital, arrives to overhear the discussion between Min’s foster mother and her caseworker, and, furious at them both, announces that she’s taking Min home. Jess is herself a product of the foster care system, and, unlike Min’s previous foster parents, she doesn’t expect Min to be other than she is.
Min meets Toby, Jess’ twelve year-old godson, and, despite her initial reluctance, learns to like him. She finds a little half-starved, abused dog, whose experiences in life seem to mirror her own. She meets and makes friends with Penny, her first friend ever. She slowly discovers that she can trust Jess not to grow tired of her and abandon her.
Dancing Through the Snow is a story about the importance of trust and honesty and patience and love, and about how some of the best families are made and not born.