September 23, 2022

A girl who’s lost everything finds her strength through dance and art in Tricia D. Wagner’s Little Girl Can Dance

Tricia D. Wagner, author

Little Girl Can Dance - Book Cover

little girl can dance

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Little Girl Can Dance, by Tricia D. Wagner

Art, dance and imagination are Andromeda’s food sources and weapons. Although they could help her survive, they could also destroy her.

A dancer. A creature. A boarding school topped with an arrow and solitary. This fusion of poetic prose and imagination plunges you into the world of Andromeda. Prepare to be heartbroken and mended again.

— Eleanor Hawken, author of The Blue Lady and Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird

ROCKFORD, Illinois, USA, Feb. 15, 2022 / — Eleven-year-old Andromeda finds herself in an unsuitable situation. Her father died and her mother abandoned her. Andromeda’s confidence cannot be easily shaken, however, as she feels that her mother would never have abandoned her “if she had known how this little girl can dance”.

Living in a temporary home, devoid of any stability, Andromeda relies on her creature, Blunder, and her neighbor Spike, who proves to be a true friend. “Most things come off and go away,” says Spike’s Andromeda. “He’s the one thing that, even if pushed, keeps coming back.”

But Andromeda’s shift is far from over. She is sent to live in a boarding school for “at risk” girls. A boarding school which, God forbid, does not allow dancing.

At boarding school, she is seen as different. Weird. An outcast. And the cruel caste system of the boarding schools – which Andromeda considers a barbaric machine – could prove powerful enough to destroy it.

In this beautifully written modern retelling of the Greek myth of Andromeda – in six shattering movements – Wagner shares Andromeda’s poignant refusal to accept her exile.
Wagner’s Andromeda, while remaining true to herself and standing up for others, resists succumbing to the forces that target her, urging her to believe she’s trapped as a “bottom-up girl.” .

And she does it with the only weapons at her disposal: creativity, imagination, art and dance.

In masterful writing that sweeps at a marvelous pace, Wagner moves Andromeda through narrow places, no less frightening than the rock with its chain and the coming sea monster plaguing Euripides’ Andromeda myth in the fifth century.

“Through careful word choice and design, Tricia D. Wagner paints a compelling picture of a young girl who must rely primarily on herself to keep her place in the world. Blending magical realism with difficult human situations, this book gives readers a stimulating perspective on what it is to belong. It’s a story that will resonate with young adult readers and adults alike.
– Mary Lanni, Discovery of Reedsy

“The story of Andromeda will reach anyone who has ever felt abandoned or alone in the world.” – Debbie Winnekins Deutsch, author of the YA novel, Throw Away Sisters

Wagner expertly crafts a story about the search for self, the freedom to discover one’s inner strength, and the potential that art holds to bring healing and help us survive. Adult fans of young adults (YA) and literary fiction, as well as older YA and mid-level readers, will understand Andromeda’s desperation to free herself from the voices that push her to be self-deprecating, to conform.


Buy the book! Little Girl Can Dance – The story of Andromeda told in six earth-shattering movements
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