Marisol has always loved to dance—to the salsa at family parties, to the boom boxes on Loisada Avenue. Then she wins a scholarship to ballet school and discovers an inspiring new world of beauty and discipline. But when violence erupts in Alphabet City, Marisol’s dream starts to slip away. To keep dancing she must make heartbreaking choices—perhaps impossible ones.
1996 America’s Commended List (CLASP)
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Erika Tamar was born in Vienna, Austria and raised in New York City.She is the author of many highly praised books for young readers, including Blues for Silk Garcia, Fair Game, and The Junkyard Dog.Ms. Tamar has three grown children and lives in New York City.From Publishers Weekly:
Growing up motherless in a neighborhood where drug dealers rule the streets, Marisol has her share of worries, but nothing can squelch her passion for music and dance. A door to opportunity opens for the 10-year-old when she wins a scholarship to the Manhattan Ballet School; still, there are obstacles to overcome. Getting the money for dance clothes is one problem, but even more pressing is finding an adult to take her safely uptown to afternoon classes. With the support of her Puerto Rican father and brother and showing real determination, Marisol manages to knock down each hurdle. Struggling for perfection, Marisol learns discipline, gains self-confidence and recognizes how others (including her "cool and controlled" brother and the "rich" girls in her dance class) experience hardships equal to her own. Scenes of the ballet school evoke both the frustration and elation of serious dance students. Scenes of Marisol's neighborhood flirt at grimness but stress the strength of community, as in Tamar's picture book The Garden of Happiness. Written with warmth and optimism, this highly readable novel is an easy choice for ballerina hopefuls, if not altogether convincing in its grasp of inner-city culture. Ages 8-12.
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