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Sing If You Can’t Dance

Alexia Casale

An entirely original and much needed authentic perspective from a teenager coming to terms with her disability as she’s coming of age.

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Ven has her future all planned out. Her dance group is going places and so is she . . . Then she collapses. On stage.

In hospital, Ven discovers that she has a medical condition – one that threatens to ruin everything. No more dancing . . . walking is challenging enough. But she doesn’t want your pity. Ven is determined to have a big, exciting life. Sure, her future might be different, but it’s not over . . . Because if you can’t dance, you can always sing!

Refreshing, uplifting and original, Sing if you Can’t Dance is the unforgettable story of a teenager living life on her own terms.

Critic Reviews

This book and its narrator are outspoken, determined, angry and hopeful.

The Sunday Times
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I've never read a book like this before. I'm obsessed with Ven and you will be too.

Holly Bourne
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Soars with hope and heart.

Louisa Reid
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A beautiful and unusual book with bags of heart.

Gina Blaxill
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Without minimising her pain and limitations, Casale has written a flawed and fascinating heroine who is far more than her disability.

Financial Times
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Stays with you long after the final page... This is a novel that doesn’t sugarcoat what it’s like to live with a chronic condition – it’s authentic, relatable and full of a whole spectrum of emotions. If you’re looking for a hopeful book that combines music, friendship and young love, with the ups-and-downs of coming to terms with a disability, this is it.


A British-American citizen of Italian heritage, Alexia is an editor, teacher and writing consultant. After studying psychology then educational technology at Cambridge, she moved to New York to work on a Tony-award-winning Broadway show before completing a PhD and teaching qualification. In between, she worked as a West End script-critic, box-office manager for a music festival and executive editor of…

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