When Bea decides to take ballet, she finds it tough at first. But then she makes a new friend, Margaret, who convinces her to try out for The Nutcracker. They both make it, but then things start to go downhill. When Margaret gets a chance to dance the starring role, Bea discovers that some dancers who don't like Margaret are planning to sabotage the ballet. Can Bea somehow stop them and help her friend? Chock-full of authentic detail that ballet fans will love, Christine McDonnell's keen eye for the problems and feelings of her readers make Ballet Bug the perfect read for anyone who loves ballet-or simply a good story.
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Christine McDonnell, a childrens librarian and the author of many books for children, lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.From School Library Journal:
Gr 3-5-After she attends a slumber party for ballet-crazy Rebecca and watches the ballet Cinderella on a video, hockey-playing Bea gets the bug. She begins to take lessons and really enjoys them except for a pair of mean-spirited twins who try to spoil things for everyone. Maintaining a commitment to hockey and ballet becomes challenging when Bea has an opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker and discovers how much hard work is involved in a successful performance. She also manages to thwart a plot by the twins to ruin the debut of her new friend Margaret in the role of Clara when the child selected to play the part becomes ill. Through Bea, the excitement and challenge of the ballet world are appealingly captured. The twins are convincing villains-spoiled, whining, and vindictive-and definitely deserve a boo or two for their performance. This is a fast, fun read with a feisty main character and some interesting subplots, such as the reluctance of the ballet group to cast Margaret, a talented young black dancer, in the role of Clara even though she did the best audition. As Margaret and Bea both triumph, readers will applaud their successes.
Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
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