On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover

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For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what she eats, giving up friends and a social life, and practicing until her feet bleed—all for the sake of that dream. And now, with the audition for City Ballet Company right around the corner, the dream feels so close.

But what if the dream doesn’t come true? The competition for the sixteen spots in the company is fierce, and many won’t make it. Talent, dedication, body shape, size—everything will influence the outcome. Clare’s grandfather says she is already a great dancer, but does she really have what it takes to make it into the company? And if not, then what?

Told through passionate and affecting poems in Clare’s own voice, On Pointe soars with emotion as it explores what it means to reach for a dream—and the way that dreams can change as quickly and suddenly as do our lives.

About Lorie Ann Grover

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Lorie Ann Grover attended the University of Miami. After school she lived with her husband, David, in South Korea, where she spent most of her time painting and writing poetry. The Grovers have two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and live in Sumner, Washington.The author of Loose Threads, Lorie Ann was inspired to write On Pointe by her own experiences as a teenage member of the Miami Ballet Company.
Published February 26, 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 330 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Clare learns that she’s too tall for ballet, she’s crushed but not nearly as devastated as her mother, who has always referred to ballet as “our dream.” Clare and her mother do work through this mother/daughter issue quite neatly.

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Grover (Loose Threads ) brings an air of authenticity to this well-wrought free-verse novel about a girl's passion for ballet.

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