Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer

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Marie van Goethem, a fourteen-year-old ballet dancer in the famed Paris Opéra, has led a life of hardship and poverty. For her, dancing is the only joy to counter the pain inflicted by hunger, her mother's drinking, and her selfish older sister. But when famed artist Edgar Degas demands Marie's presence in his studio, it appears that her life will be transformed: He will pay her to pose for a new sculpture, and he promises to make her a star.

As Marie patiently stands before Mr. Degas each week, she dreams about supporting her family without being corrupted like most young dancers. She dreams about a life as a ballerina on the stage of the Opéra. And she dreams about being with her true love.

In this deeply moving, historically based account, Carolyn Meyer examines the life of the model for Edgar Degas's most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

Includes an author's note.
 

About Carolyn Meyer

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CAROLYN MEYERis the award-winning author of more than forty books for young people, includingWhite LilacsandMary, Bloody Mary. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by Gulliver Books/Harcourt. 255 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Paris of Degas and the Impressionists was a vibrant and exciting time of artistic accomplishment.

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As with her Young Royals series, Meyer's ability to sweep readers to another time and place while bringing historic figures to life once again results in a mesmerizing novel. Here she offers an

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