101 Ways to Dance
Published by Second Story Press
Fourteen stories about the joys and anxieties of sexual anticipation
Grades 9 to 12
Sexuality, diversity, LGBTQ
Kathy Stinson believes that there are many ways for human beings to be different from each other – through gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities – but that what makes human beings alike is more profoundly important than any of these differences. Do you agree or disagree? Can you articulate why?
Why do you think some people are attracted to the opposite sex, some to the same sex, and some to both? Is your community one where a person would feel comfortable being open with their sexual orientation?
Kathy Stinson recalls her teen years as being an acutely sensual time. Can you find evidence of this in the sensual imagery in these stories (i.e. images evoking any of the five senses)?
Which sensual image(s) stood out for you in that they helped you see, smell, feel, etc., what a character was experiencing?
In the descriptions of landscape in some of the stories in this collection are examples of sensual imagery that seem to be suggestively male, or female. Even though Kathy Stinson didn’t consciously set out to do this, she is pleased with how they feel integral to the "sexual anticipation" theme of the stories. Do you think the imagery enhances the stories or detracts from them?
Discussion questions specific to each story appear at the back of the book.
Read an interview with Kathy about the collection.
Read an excerpt from “Chicken”, as Kathy originally wrote it.
Read an excerpt from “Between Mars and Venus”.
Read how Grade 8 students in Port Coquitlam responded to one of the stories in this collection.
Read how this book fit into one of the best intros Kathy has ever been given.
Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year finalist
Ontario Library Association Ten Best YA Books of the Year selection