Tuesday, October 23, 2012
PANIC by Sharon Draper. Atheneum, April 2013.
Dance is everything to Diamond and her friends. The hours spent at the dance studio bring them happiness and a sense of belonging as well. It allows Justin not only an outlet for his creativity but places him in close proximity with Layla, the girl he secretly worships from afar. For Layla, dance means she can forget her trouble with her boyfriend Donovan who is getting way too possessive. Through alternating narrators, Draper reveals what happens when Diamond is abducted by a pedophile at the local mall. How her family and friends react and how the dance studio brings them all together is a powerful metaphor. <574>