Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci

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Partly based on the author's own experiences at the famous Manhattan high school for the performing arts, this novel explores friendship, freedom, and the art of challenging convention.

Set in New York in the 1980s, this story of two ballet dancers (one American, one Russian) recounts the unforgettable night they spend in the city, and celebrates the friendship they form despite their cultural and political differences.

About Cecil Castellucci

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Cecil Castellucci grew up in New York City. She is a writer, a filmmaker, an actress, and a singer-songwriter, and engages in many other creative pursuits. She is also an avid science fiction fan: as a testament to her devotion, she lived for six weeks on Hollywood Boulevard, waiting for the opening of STAR WARS: EPISODE ONE. "Sci-fi fandom is always given such a bad rap," she says. "I'm a card-carrying geek and proud of it." Currently, Cecil Castellucci lives in Los Angeles, in the "belly of the beast" known as Hollywood. This is her first book with Candlewick Press.
Published June 24, 2010 by Scholastic Press. 209 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An ’80s movie in novel form: A smart, painfully lonely teen finds an unlikely connection to the daughter of officials from the Soviet Union, and together they go on the all-night New York City adventure of a lifetime, finding love, friendship and laughter along the way.

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Rose is elated but knows it will cause a major rift between her and Daisy, and sure enough, once she tells her, Rose is out of the circle.

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Ryan is saying “If I can do this, then you can do this,” and she makes a believer out of her readers -- she makes us all feel a little better about taking our own chances at being strong.

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