Modern First Eugenie Doyle According to Kit

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According to Kit

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If it's not one thing, it's a mother! Kit's life is simple--farmwork, school, and dance--until her beloved dance teacher, Ursula, gets sick and her mother decides to homeschool Kit because of an incident at school. Kit doesn't know how she can possibly deal with her mother, the Lady of Sorrows, and she can't stand not dancing. The senior students take over giving lessons at the dance studio, giving Kit some respite from her daily struggles with her mother. The arrival of Luis and Clara, professional dancers who will serve as substitutes at the studio, transforms her days and gives her hope. Luis is gorgeous, a brilliant teacher and dancer, and very supportive of Kit, even encouraging her to apply to a special dance school in Montreal and volunteering to take her to the competition and personally introduce her to the director. And that is when Kit's life gets complicated.

Finally! The subs are here! Luis and Clara Coll and baby Lola. When we arrive for class they are simply there occupying the studio, no introduction or grande entrance. Luis just says, "Come in, come in, to the barre, sweatshirts off, please, let's see what we have here." ... He says ballet is the most royal of dance. In a black T-shirt and tights his body looks royal, exquisite. Lean, carved muscles look powerful as coiled rope, still, waiting to whip into action. Hers too. They make me think of high-class horses. —FROM THE BOOK

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About the Author:

Eugenie Doyle is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program. She has published short stories for adults in various literary journals. When she's not writing, she, her husband, her twin sons, and her daughter farm 140 acres in Vermont, growing mostly hay but also raspberries, strawberries, and garlic.

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Grade 9 Up—After Kit is slightly injured at school, her mother overreacts and insists on keeping her at home. It's hard not to appreciate Kit's frustration at the situation, and her helplessness at suddenly being stuck on the Vermont family farm. However, this initial, underplayed incident turns out to be the biggest action for most of the book. Kit's life as a homeschooler involves a lot of sitting around daydreaming, interspersed with more sitting around seething about her mother, mixed with lackadaisical studying or helping out with the chores. Kit's main focuses are her ballet classes and her dream of a career as a dancer, which doesn't mesh with her family's financially troubled dairy farm. While Kit's hours of adolescent boredom may be all too realistic, they don't always make for the most exciting reading, and the short, choppy sentences often feel rushed. Things heat up midway through when Kit gets new ballet instructors, and the story eventually careens into action as she goes to an audition in Montreal. Meditative and true to life, According to Kit might appeal to mature readers looking for their niche in the world of adults.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
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