84 Ribbons: A Dancer's Journey

Paddy Eger

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Synopsis: The Debut novel by award-winning author Paddy Eger

84Ribbons-FrontCover-WebMed A young dancer's realizes her life long dream, if only for a while.

Seventeen year old Marta Selbryth realizes her dream of becoming a professional dancer when the Intermountain Ballet Company in Billings, Montana invites her to join their 1957 season. As Marta's new life unfolds, she must learn to face not only the successes of dancing in the corps de ballet, but the challenges and setbacks that might crush the dream she's had for so long.

After a couple of mishaps, Marta settles into life in a boarding house located near the ballet company. Her landlady, Mrs. B., is friendly, reduces her rent when Marta's offers to bake for the boarder and later allows her to use the basement as a practice studio. The two male boarders are supportive; Carol, a fellow boarder, ignores her.

Marta spends her free time practicing when she's not spending time with her new friends Lynne and Bartley,her fellow corps dancers. Their time together becomes an important lifeline through their first year.

Madame Cosper, the artistic director, is a demanding woman. Marta begins their association poorly when she makes a disastrous choice. Expecting expulsion, Marta receives a second chance in the form of dancing the unpopularcharacter roles during the fall and winter performances.Marta determines to dance every role with confidence in hopes of proving to Madame that she's up for every challenge.

Steve, a young college man and a reporter, spots Marta when he's assigned to write an article about ballet for the local paper. He's attracted to her and begins his pursuit.Over the months ahead, he becomes her tour guide of the area and attempts to convince Marta to be his girl. But her steadfast focus is ballet and some of her adventures with him lead to problems with Madame Cosper.

Shortly after Christmas, everything changes for Marta, Bartley and Steve. Significant events permanently influence their lives. Each mustdeal with exhilaration and heartbreak as well as frustration and changes that test their ability to cope.

About the Author: Paddy Eger, winner of three awards for her break-out non-fiction book, Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in the K-8 Classrooms, and its ancillary product, Educating America Desktop Flipbook. She has published dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and over a hundred blog articles.

Her debut YA novel, 84 Ribbons is the first book in a trilogy based 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.

An elementary education graduate of University of Washington, Paddy spent twenty years in the classroom. She produced original poems, songs and dances for her class room students to encourage free movement and foster student creativity. She also established a training program for classroom volunteers that became the foundation for her Educating America books. and Paddy volunteers in four elementary schools and assists the United Way of Snohomish County.

After retirement in 2000, Paddy discovered an enthusiasm for writing and pursues to master the craft. Her love of growing up as a small-town girl and her desire to create realistic stories became the inspiration for 84 Ribbons and ultimately the trilogy where skill and steady persistence open doors for dancers.

To foster and train her inner writer, Paddy participates in two writing groups and classes and attends conferences, including Write on the Sound, a conference in her hometown of Edmonds, Washington a creative community of artists and writers along Puget Sound.

Paddy s love of international travel led to her soon to be released YA adventure novel, Tazman. Inspired by her visit to the historic site of the brutal penal colony of Port Arthur in Tasmania and uncovered the true story of a documented inmate imprisoned for stealing a handkerchief. The story of Ean emerged. Ean struggles through his three-year imprisonment wondering if he ll survive the brutality or if he should attempt a daring escape.

In her free time, Paddy and her husband, Rich, enjoy travel in the United States and internationally and are avid supporters of the arts in the Greater Seattle area. They enjoy spending time with their adult children, Brent and Christine at their summer home on Hood Canal.

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Publisher: Tendril Press
Publication Date: 2014
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