Ellie and the Bunheads

Warner, Sally

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10: 0679982299 / ISBN 13: 9780679982296
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Synopsis: The author of the highly acclaimed Dog Years and Some Friend returns with a timely look at the highly competitive world of professional dance.  Thirteen-year-old Ellie Lane isn't sure she's cut out to be a bunhead--one of those girls with their hair tightly knotted in a bun and leg-warmers fashionably scrunched around their ankles. She loves to dance but with ballet class every afternoon there's hardly any time to see her friends or pursue other interests. Competition is so intense that her best friend has a private coach and another is seeing a shrink. And then there's her mother who's pressuring her to audition for the prestigious Philadelphia Dance Theater. It's just too much!  But by the time audition day arrives, Ellie finds a way to take her life and its decisions into her own hands. Dealing frankly but humorously with real-life issues like self-esteem, depression, parental problems, and young love, Sally Warner proves once again that she has her finger squarely on the pulse of the middle-grade reader.  

Review: As if peer pressure isn't enough, Ellie gets it from her mother and ballet teacher, too. "Suck in some of that hamburger, Ellie." "Don't eat any junk ... you know you don't want any pimples during your audition." If Ellie has to eat her mother's fat-free lasagna again, she thinks she'll puke! Truth is, Ellie is tired of sacrificing after-school fun, friends, and pizza for a chance in the prestigious Philadelphia Dance Theater. She may be one of the best bunheads (ballet dancers) in Mrs. Hawkins's class, but she's not sure if she wants to give up a normal teenage life in order to be a professional dancer. If everyone else would stop offering advice and yelling expectations at her, maybe--just maybe--Ellie could decide what to do for herself! Charming, delightful, and filled with great dialogue, this novel is sure to resonate with girls twirling into their early teenage years.

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Title: Ellie and the Bunheads
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Binding: Hardcover
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