Another Way to Dance by Martha Southgate

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Fourteen-year-old Vicki Harris's dream has come true. She has been accepted into the summer program at New York City's prestigious School of American Ballet. It will be hard work and highly competitive, but Vicki feels ready. She is totally committed to dancing.

Vicki isn't prepared to be one of only two African-American students in the program. Nor is she expecting the racism she finds within the school. And Michael, from Harlem, takes Vicki completely by surprise. He shakes up her dream world--where Baryshnikov is her idol, her parents never really got divorced, and every pirouette is perfect--and shows her that the real world is bigger than a stage.

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About Martha Southgate

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Martha Southgate is a graduate of Smith College, with an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. She has had fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was books editor at "Essence" and has written for "The New York Times Magazine, Premiere, Entertainment Weekly, " and "Rosie, " among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is at work on her next novel. You can visit her Web site at
Published October 1, 1996 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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she's embarrassed at the ``loud and crazy'' antics of a group of black girls on the subway and dislikes the oversize clothing of ``homies.'' She faces these prejudices while coping with the rigors of school, family relationships, and her growing feelings for a boy in this compelling first novel a...

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Vicki's recently divorced parents have both worked hard to instill in her an appreciation of her African American heritage, but Vicki is more interested in ballet: ""Everything that's important to me doesn't have much to do with the color of my skin."" She is thrilled to attend a summer session o...

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