- Hardcover: 273 pages
- Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (11 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374359105
- ISBN-13: 978-0374359102
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,776,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Phoenix Dance Hardcover – 11 Oct 2005
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used book was in excellent condition
I think this book could be very helpful for people who have or know someone with this disorder or other problems like depression, anxiety, and OCD. Phoenix learns that she can still be herself, perhaps more truly herself, while taking medicine. The author herself has bipolar disorder and wrote this book out of her own experience. There's also plenty of normal adolescent angst - and fun - and it's a pretty good read, with interesting realistic characters, good prose, and good plotting. I gave it four rather than five stars because I didn't find it quite as absorbing as the Diana Wynn Jones book I read before it, but that is perhaps an unfair comparison.
In this case, there are other things added in.
There is the lesson of true friendship and true loyalty.
There is the commentary on representative government versus monarchy
This is the story of dealing with illness in your life - dealing with "handicaps" and overcoming them.
I found the story to be good, but a little preachy. I think it would be a good story to read if one were trying to expose children to the lesson of tolerance and acceptance. It is not a simple retold fairy tale.