Ellie and the Bunheads by Sally Warner

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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.  
 

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Published May 13, 1997 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 150 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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these underscore the obsessions encountered in the dance world, about which Ellie attempts to be sensible: She resolves to eat chocolate only on special occasions, ``like a day of the week that ends with y.'' Ellie's experiences and observations ring true, and the ways she solves her problems mak...

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From the author of The Indian in the Cupboard comes a gleeful romp with a pair of twins: one good and one evil.

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Ellie loves ballet, but perhaps not as much as her controlling mother loves it--or, more accurately, relishes the idea of her daughter becoming a ""real dancer."" Her mother assumes Ellie will audition for a slot in a student dance company, but Ellie isn't sure she wants the extra strain on her a...

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