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Marie van Goethem, a fourteen-year-old ballet dancer in the famed Paris Opand#233;ra, has led a life of hardship and poverty. For her, dancing is the only joy to counter the pain inflicted by hunger, her mother's drinking, and her selfish older sister. But when famed artist Edgar Degas demands Marie's presence in his studio, it appears that her life will be transformed: He will pay her to pose for a new sculpture, and he promises to make her a star.
As Marie patiently stands before Mr. Degas each week, she dreams about supporting her family without being corrupted like most young dancers. She dreams about a life as a ballerina on the stage of the Opand#233;ra. And she dreams about being with her true love.
In this deeply moving, historically based account, Carolyn Meyer examines the life of the model for Edgar Degas's most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.
Includes an author's note.
From a master of historical fiction Carolyn Meyer comes the moving tale, based on a true story, of a white woman who lived her life among the Comanche Indians, married the chief, and in 1861 was captured along with her daughter and returned against her will to a white settlement.
After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half brother Edward and her half sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later.
This book of short stories explores how New Mexico's fascinating history and geography connect people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
She risked everything to become queen
Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of Englands most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and to persuade him to defy everyone—including his own wife—to make her his new queen. But Annes ambition proved to be her fatal flaw.
The life, dreams, and struggles of the fourteen-year-old dancer who posed for Degas's most famous sculpture
Will Catherine ever become queen?
England anxiously awaits Prince Arthurand#8217;s betrothedand#151;the Spanish princess who will be its future queen. But when Arthur dies not long after the wedding, Catherine of Aragonand#8217;s fate becomes uncertain. Will the king and Catherineand#8217;s parents arrange a marriage with Arthurand#8217;s brother, Henry, or will she return to Spain a widow? Through all this turmoil, the young princessand#8217;s resolve remains unshaken: She will one day be Englandand#8217;s queen . . . no matter how long it takes.
Young Catherine de' Medici is the sole heiress to the entire fortune of the wealthy Medici family. But her life is far from luxurious. After a childhood spent locked away behind the walls of a convent, she joins the household of the pope, where at last she can be united with her true love. But, all too soon, that love is replaced with an engagement to a boy who is cold and aloof. It soon becomes clear that Catherine will need all the cunning she can muster to command the respect she deserves as one of France's most powerful queens. Includes a family tree.
A moving tale of the struggle to preserve a community
The passion and romance between the worldand#8217;s most famous playwright and the woman who risked everything to be with him
“The author provides good historical background, which makes the origins of the troubles clear, and is sensitive to the ordinary lives of those who must live with the threat of violence.”--The Horn Book Bibliography; index; maps.
Readers will be fascinated by Carolyn Meyers personal view of Japan based on the formal interviews she was granted, the events and ceremonies she observed, and her own insights on her journey through Japan.
About the Author
CAROLYN MEYER is the acclaimed author of more than forty books for young people, many of which have received awards and honors. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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