Various Positions by Martha Schabas

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Various Positions is the perfect illustration of how young girls can become undone by the messages they receive and misinterpret about sexuality, although thankfully Schabas refuses to make heavy-handed statements about any of it...
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Trapped between the hormone-driven world of her friends and the discontent of her dysfunctional family, fourteen-year-old Georgia is only completely at ease when she's dancing. When she is accepted into Canada's preeminent ballet school, Georgia thinks it is the perfect escape. Artistic Director Roderick Allen singles her out as a star, subjecting her to increasingly intensive training, and Georgia obsesses about becoming the perfect, disciplined student. But as she spends more and more time with Roderick, it's not so clear exactly what their relationship means. Is he her teacher and mentor, or is there something more? These blurred lines will threaten both Roderick's future at the academy and Georgia's ambitions as a ballerina.

 

About Martha Schabas

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Martha Schabas trained in classical ballet as a child. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Literary Award. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Various Positions is her first novel.
 
Published February 14, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 334 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Zoe Whittall on Jul 08 2011

Various Positions is the perfect illustration of how young girls can become undone by the messages they receive and misinterpret about sexuality, although thankfully Schabas refuses to make heavy-handed statements about any of it...

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