After the Dancing Days

After the Dancing Days

by Margaret Rostkowski


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ISBN-13: 9780064402484
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 10/03/2000
Series: A Trophy Bk.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 742,056
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Margaret I. Rostkowski was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, and the University of Kansas. She is now a high-school teacher in Ogden, Utah. "I find that my students are deeply interested in the issues of war and peace and duty to country and where one finds true heroism," she writes. "This book grew out of those questions, many of which I haven't yet answered for myself."

After the Dancing Days won first place in the young-adult category (1983) and was awarded the publication prize (1985) in the Utah Original Writing Competition.

Ms. Rostkowski lives with her husband and son in Ogden, Utah.

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After The Dancing Days (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the Dancing Days Review By Alice Lyrio After the Dancing Days is a sad story of a girl named Annie and her family dealing with the tragic deaths in World War I and family problems. Annie, the narrator and main character tells readers about her life and struggles. Annie visits the injured soldiers in the hospital her fathers working at, and finds a friend Andrew with a bad gas burn that affected his life but Annie gives him the courage to stay strong. Another important character in the book is her mother, Annie¿s mother is struggling with Annie¿s decisions to go to the hospital because she does not want Annie to worry at her age about the ill men. Her mother also thinks everyone should forget about the war and kind of get on with their lives, but Annie is determined to help Andrew. She spends most of her time caring to Andrew and making him feel better. She also reads to a blind man named Timmy, who is her grandfathers old friend. I particularly liked this book because Annie is such a wonderful girl she was so caring and has much respect for her elders. But nobody exactly understands Annie, everyone in town feels just as her mother does except Annie¿s loving grandpa and her father of course. Annie¿s grandfather has the same personality as Annie. I think Annie¿s better traits comes from her grandfather, and I think a lot of the story can be predicted through him because her grandfather and her are a lot alike, so you can see what will happen. Even when she betrays her mothers wishes to see Andrew she ends up confessing what she had done. She matures by the end of the book when it comes to overcoming the sadness of her uncle dying, and I love that the author puts a sad yet happy theme to the book. So much sadness in the main story, but by the end of the book there¿s more of a ¿good for you¿ attitude. This shocking tearjerker is perfect for young people such as myself because I think it portrays how hard it was for families after World War I. The author, Margret I. Rostkowski uses a tone in her novel that really puts you in the story, and you can imagine the faces the scenes without the pictures. If you choose to read After the Dancing Days be prepared for suspense and touched felt moments.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one's a tale of the aftermath of World War I. The war is over and Annie Metcalf's father--a doctor--has just returned home. Moved by his experience, he forgoes his old practice at County Hospital and begins working with the wounded vets at St. John's veteran's hospital. Annie's grandfather also regularly visits St. John's, to read to a local boy who has suffered an eye injury. This causes a bit of tension in the family, as Annie's mother, like most of the rest of the community, would like to put the war behind and let someone else tend to Kansas City's maimed soldiers. 13-year-old Annie's curiosity is piqued and she visits her father at work, meeting some of the soldiers. Her initial visit is a bit frightening, but she soon becomes a regular visitor, especially befriending one young man who was badly disfigured by mustard gas. It's a nice story, positively dealing with wartime losses and the emotional recovery that needs to happen afterwards. --J.
ERMSMediaCenter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
fantasia655 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"For Annie and her family, World War I is over. Her father, a doctor, had returned home. But for the wounded men Annie sees being carried from the train, the war will never really be over. It's time to forget the fighting, her mother tells her 'It brought so much misery. I won't have it touching you.' But it's already touched Annie - her favorite uncle was killed in France. In addition, her father decides to continue his work with the wounded soldiers and, despite her mother's disapproval, Annie too is drawn to the hospital. There she meets Andrew, a bitter and withdrawn young veteran. Annie helps to bring Andrew out of his shell, and in the process, not only learns to stand up to her mother's anger but also bravely confronts the ironies of heroism and war."I read this book when I was younger and it spoke to me, saying that I should care for more than the people I know, I should care for the people I don't know and that is what Annie did to Andrew. She cared for him when he told her to go away and leave him alone, but she didn't because she cared enough for him, a perfect stranger, to help him get over his terrible wounds. To help him see beautiful things again. That is what I love most about this book. If you have never read this book, go out and buy a copy, I recommend it wholeheartedly!
MaggiRayne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favourites and gets read every single year!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This powerful novel unlocks he mysteries behind what a young girl can truly be capable of achieving. during this book i cried laughed and connected, and to me that only could mean that this book is among the best ever. i am a young girl age of 14 and i truly understood what it meant to mature after i read this book. annie the protagnist took her life and made it something. at first she was scared of the responsibility and well, the people she was around at her fathers work yet she grew up and had an amazing journey she will never forget doing so.this book is by far the best book i have ever read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is always great to know that other people also enjoyed a book you loved. I am 26 years old and must have read it for the first time when I was round about 13 - since then I've read it a couple of times, and hope to one day recommend it for my daughter. A touching story focussing on everyday courage and kindness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im a teenager and homeschooled and my mom gave me this to read. i thought it wouldn't be interesting because it was about world war 2, and i have totally had enough war reading material. it is now my favorite book. it has a sweet romance, not awsome sweet, and stirs your emotions. if i had a choice, i would give it 6 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in fifth grade,I am now a freshman. I know the main plot of the story, but am quite vague on the small details since i have read many more books since then. I'm not sure why this book stiks to me, but after so many years, i still remember that this story was my first favorite novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was thirteen, shortly after its original release. Since then I have read it several times and bought it for teachers and friends. It has always struck a cord in my heart. A member of my family has been in every military conflict that the USA has been a part of. I feel that everyone should read this book at least once. Our Vetrans deserve to be treated with the greatest of respect. Which is something that, this story shows does not always happen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tuched my heart I just didnt want to put the book down. The first night I read almost the whole book. My review might not be the greatest but I am also I young Lady of 14 years old. If kids all rond the world read this book they would see the world very differently then they do now. I learned that even if some is different then you doesnt mean they are not like you. I think if you helped some one that was different then you they well want to help them self.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i first checked the book out i thought that i would hate but once i finished reading it i never wanted to the book to end. In fact i am planning to buy the book becadsue it was soooo good and not many books can make me cry but this one did at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I had to for a book report. I never knew it would be able to change some of my outlooks on life. It was an amazing story and very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was great. I read it when I was younger, and I still remember, even now, how great it was. After I was done reading it, I honestly stopped and thought about the impact it had on me. I could not put the book down and read it in a few days again. Although put down by some critics for its errors in it's time frame, this book is definatly worth a second glance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captured the essence of what life was like for a teenager living in times of The Great War(World War 1). It explains the struggles of one man that was effected by the War. (He was poisoned with mustard gas.) The book is historically accurate because there are connections to other books in the time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book intrigues one's mind and holds one's attention. No matter the reader's preference in genra, the reader will somehow be able to relate to the situations and the problems presented in this book. It requires the reader to be able to produce images of the characters in the mind. This becomes easy because the characters are well developed and described. Overall, this book is a good one for readers who crave self-expression.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I had read had a different cover. It looked boring, but the story was a wonderful. Like they say, 'Don't judge a book by its cover!'