Chance to Dance for You

Chance to Dance for You

Gail Sidonie Sobat


A Novel

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Sometimes keeping a secret is harder than telling the truth.

Ian lives in a suburb where everything’s the same. The houses are the same, the cars are the same, and their aspirations are the same. But Ian is different. Openly gay in his bigoted high school, Ian doesn’t exactly fit in. But he’s not worried – he’s been training in dance for a long time and soon he’ll be able to leave town and train to become a professional. Then he falls in love with Jess, the high school quarterback…

  • BRONZE MEDAL WINNER –  Moonbeam Awards, mature issues
  • HONOUR BOOK – Forest of Reading White Pine Award
  • FINALIST – Alberta Readers’ Choice awards

“suffice it to say I absolutely love this book, and Ian is a compelling character I carry with me as inspiration for how to live my life. Highly recommended.” — Amy Mathers, Amy’s Review of Books

“Everything about this book pulled me in – the cover, the blurb on the back, the blurbs inside, the very first line…I don’t think there’s a single thing I want to add or remove.”  — Bookseller, Mabel’s Fables Bookstore

“Gail Sidonie Sobat is a writer of great dexterity, utilizing humour, sarcasm, wit, and tragedy, all to create a narrative that is flowing, energetic, and inspirational.”  — Rob Bittner, CM Magazine

“Chance to Dance for You is a timely book in its focus on social media and technology as sites of bullying for gay teens, a topic that has been in the news of late due to a proliferation of highly publicized teen suicides and the popularity of the “It Gets Better” campaign, which attempts to offer a sense of hope to depressed and isolated teenagers.” — Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures

“Sobat…does an admirable job of sustaining an engaging authenticity in her narrative…” – Lesley Little, Resource Links

“Chance to Dance is able to go where few LGBTQ teen novels have gone before: beyond the coming-out novel.”                – Michele Collins, Canadian Children’s Book News

“…read this very real and bittersweet story that juxtaposes love with prejudice, courage with fear, and sensitivity with harshness.” – Helen K, CanLit for Little Canadians

“Gail Sidonie Sobat has written a realistic and clear-eyed account of the hazards that continue to exist for gay teens.”  – Mary-Esther Lee, Sister’s Library

“It is…wonderful to read a novel about a queer youth who is happily, unambivalently gay and is accepted by family and close friends.”  – OUTVisions Magazine


Additional Information

Weight 0.181 kg

About the Author

Gail Sidonie Sobat

Gail Sidonie Sobat is the author of five young adult novels. She has worn many disguises in her lifetime, including: flower seller, groundskeeper, teacher, writer-in-residence, parimutuel seller, and award-winning author. She now resides in Edmonton, Alberta.