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Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story

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Publisher Comments:

Ten-year-old Ellie Brown is an American girl living in London. For Ellie, ballet isn't just a dream, it's become a way of life. She's danced for almost as long as she can remember and started ballet lessons when she was four. Now Ellie is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime-a chance to audition for a spot to dance with the Royal Ballet. But Ellie knows that even if she won a place, it would mean moving to London and leaving her ill-stricken mother behind with no one to care for her. When the day of the audition finally arrives, Ellie must decide between pursuing her dreams or sacrificing her goals of joining the Royal Ballet to be with her mother. What will Ellie do?

Ten-year-old Ellie Brown is an American girl living in London. For Ellie, ballet isn't just a dream, it's become a way of life. She's danced for almost as long as she can remember and started ballet lessons when she was four. Now Ellie is presented with the opportunity of a lifetime-a chance to audition for a spot to dance with the Royal Ballet. But Ellie knows that even if she won a place, it would mean moving to London and leaving her ill-stricken mother behind with no one to care for her. When the day of the audition finally arrives, Ellie must decide between pursuing her dreams or sacrificing her goals of joining the Royal Ballet to be with her mother. What will Ellie do?

Review:

"Friedman and Dowdle, who previously collaborated on Break a Leg! The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft, follow 13-year-old Fiona, a real-life fledging ballerina, on her journey from hopeful auditionee to starring performer as Clara in the Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. Writing in Fiona's voice, Friedman doesn't always strike the most authentic tone — she too often uses dialogue to do the expository heavy lifting — but like Mother Ginger, she has an endless store of delicious details and insights. Fiona talks about her aches and pains ('Sometimes hurt so much that I want to cry'), her sacrifices ('I miss going to birthday parties and the movies, being in school talent shows, sleepovers — normal stuff'), the fierce competition, and even what Clara and the Prince talk about while they're floating over the stage in a balloon headed for the Kingdom of Sweets. Dowdle's photographs, the result of extraordinary access to the production, immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life. But when it comes to the performance itself, there's perhaps too much documentation of famed Nutcracker moments and not enough bravura shots of Fiona. Ages 7 — 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The perfect holiday gift for every young ballet fan

Go backstage at the ballet with real-life thirteen-year-old dancer Fiona. Dozens of gorgeous, full-color photographs welcome readers into Fiona's world, as she goes from auditions, to rehearsals, to opening night playing Clara, the lead child's role in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. Experience the nerves, the hard work, and ultimately the thrill of performing on the big stage with a professional company. This is a beautiful holiday gift that young dancers will cherish all year round.

About the Author

Alexandra Moss lives in Brighton, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670013920
Author:
Friedman, Lise
Publisher:
Viking Books for Young Readers
Author:
Dowdle, Mary
Author:
Moss, Alexandra
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Dance
Subject:
Dance-Ballet
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Royal Ballet School Diaries
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 8
Language:
English
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 7 up to 9

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Dance » Ballet » General
Children's » Activities » Dance
Children's » Art » General
Children's » New Arrivals
Children's » Performing Arts » Dance

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Friedman and Dowdle, who previously collaborated on Break a Leg! The Kids' Guide to Acting and Stagecraft, follow 13-year-old Fiona, a real-life fledging ballerina, on her journey from hopeful auditionee to starring performer as Clara in the Boston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. Writing in Fiona's voice, Friedman doesn't always strike the most authentic tone — she too often uses dialogue to do the expository heavy lifting — but like Mother Ginger, she has an endless store of delicious details and insights. Fiona talks about her aches and pains ('Sometimes hurt so much that I want to cry'), her sacrifices ('I miss going to birthday parties and the movies, being in school talent shows, sleepovers — normal stuff'), the fierce competition, and even what Clara and the Prince talk about while they're floating over the stage in a balloon headed for the Kingdom of Sweets. Dowdle's photographs, the result of extraordinary access to the production, immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life. But when it comes to the performance itself, there's perhaps too much documentation of famed Nutcracker moments and not enough bravura shots of Fiona. Ages 7 — 9." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The perfect holiday gift for every young ballet fan

Go backstage at the ballet with real-life thirteen-year-old dancer Fiona. Dozens of gorgeous, full-color photographs welcome readers into Fiona's world, as she goes from auditions, to rehearsals, to opening night playing Clara, the lead child's role in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. Experience the nerves, the hard work, and ultimately the thrill of performing on the big stage with a professional company. This is a beautiful holiday gift that young dancers will cherish all year round.

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