“Celebrate Teen Read Week and support local school libraries,” says Eger. The Friday event begins at 2:00 and tutu making space is limited so call Revelations Yogurt at 425.744.6012 to reserve your space. The Saturday book discussion and drawings for special gifts from the author begin at 3:00.
Readers are invited to step into the world of ballet where dancers meet the challenges of grueling hours of practice, mounting health issues and other obstacles as they compete for prime roles under the lights. Like these young dancers, teens often face challenges and disappointments and are pushed to their limits as they strive for physical, mental and emotional tenacity to reach their goals.
An elementary education graduate of the University of Washington, Eger spent twenty years in the classroom. She produced original poems, songs and dances for her students to encourage free movement and foster student creativity. She also established a training program for classroom volunteers that became the foundation for her break-out multiple award-winning non-fiction book, “Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in the K-8 Classrooms”. She’s published dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and over a hundred blog articles. Eger volunteers in four elementary schools and assists the United Way of Snohomish County.
“Stories come to me like an itch; they refuse to leave until I promise to scratch around for their meaning and write them down”, says Eger. Like many writers, Eger’s novels arise from her background. She grew up in a small town near Seattle, WA. where she began her love of dancing at age three. Over the next seventeen years she performed in recitals, area functions, musicals and a World’s Fair. Eger’s debut YA novel, “84 Ribbons” is the first in a trilogy focused on the competitive world of ballet and grew out of her experience as a ballet dancer. She writes with a unique voice that bring to light the themes of friendship, a budding romance, and learning to balance the rigors of pursuing a dream while building a balanced life. Newbery Honor author, Kirby Larson says, “Any young dancer will find herself in Marta’s Story.”
“84 Ribbons” ($16.95, ISBN: 978-0-9858933-