Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You by Dorian Cirrone

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I hadn't really thought of my breasts as "problem breasts." It made them sound like children who wouldn't behave. No bra was going to keep these babies a secret. And those tips for the full-figured girl in the magazines? Please. Even NASA couldn't design a tank suit to camouflage my proportions.

Kayla Callaway has been studying ballet since she learned to walk, and her heart is set on a future in the dance world. She's sure she'll get a solo part in Cinderella, the spring ballet at her high school.

But when the parts are finally posted, Kayla is shocked that she's only landed a role as a stepsister –– and an ugly one, at that! The brutal truth: Ballet and big boobs don't mix. Suddenly Kayla's dream for the future has become a real-life fractured fairy tale.

To make matters worse, bloodred pointe shoes with threatening messages start popping up all over school. When Kayla learns that she'll be wearing red pointe shoes in the ballet, she wonders if the messages are meant for her. But who are they from? And more important -- what do they mean?


About Dorian Cirrone

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Dorian Cirrone is the author of dancing in red shoes will kill you. She lives in south Florida with her husband and her two children.
Published February 1, 2005 by HarperTeen. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When mysterious red pointed shoes appear with the message “dancing in red shoes will kill you,” more connections are made to the 1948 film, The Red Shoes, based on another fairy tale, and the feminist poem, “The Red Shirt,” by Margaret Atwood.

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