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From School Library Journal

Gr 6-9-In this novel set in the ballet and modern dance world of 1959, hardworking, penniless Casey Quinn journeys from South Carolina to New York City to realize her dreams. The teen uses a wonderfully active voice in tune with her physical nature in her present-tense narrative, e.g., "My stomach quivers like a raw egg." Casey's stubborn can-do personality is nicely enhanced by interactions with multidimensional side characters, such as her selfless good cook of a grandma and a snobby, rich peer. Casey faces grief, loss, and many other tribulations, but she overcomes these obstacles, has some really good luck, ingratiates herself with the right people, and ultimately earns a role in a performance with the Martha Graham Company. At first glance the historical details appear suitably contextualized, although in romanticizing the era the author omits historical accuracy on a great many fronts: e.g., the famously curt George Balanchine is depicted as kind and the School of American Ballet inhabits a grandiose building rather than the plain building it actually occupied in 1959. Nonetheless, many collections will welcome this spunky '50s heroine and her introduction to the world of modern dance.-Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When Casey hears of an open ballet audition in New York City, the poor South Carolina girl with no formal dance training decides to battle for a spot. She knows in her heart that she is a natural dancer, born for the stage. How she winds up not a ballerina but a student of real-life modern dance doyenne Martha Graham forms the crux of this pleasant story set in 1959. The novel is at its strongest when describing Graham’s powerful personality and the intense work needed to succeed as a dancer. Casey is a sympathetic character who says of her passion, “The way I am dancing on the inside. The way I am flying. It is like no dance in the world. It is better.” Despite doses of melodrama—Casey’s rival is a mean girl from her hometown, and her beloved grandmother dies before she can see Casey on stage—this is a good recommendation for fans of reality-TV dancing competitions, as well as aficionados of stories about striving to succeed in the arts. Grades 6-9. --Karen Cruze
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545393787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545393782
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meganeii on August 2, 2013
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I loved it. It really is a story about what life is about. Always go with your passion and make your dreams reality
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa L. Sheldon on March 6, 2013
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I love this book so much and I am a dancer so a lot that she go's through I can understand
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on February 25, 2013
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I loved this book Casey Quinn was so full of life that I actually wanted to meet her. This story is so full of life and dreams I really think it's a great book to enjoy I suggest reading it. :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mead on February 12, 2013
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Don't you have a dream you want to accomplish? Casey Quinn is desperate to be a dancer. She has more grace in her fingernail than all those mean girls that can afford ballet lessons. Casey is serious about her dream. She may be penniless but her hope is expensive. How far will Casey go to complete her dream? Will she make it?

I thought this book was very exciting and inspiring! I would recommend it to all girls because it's mostly a girl book, but if a boy read it he would probably like it too. This book has many exciting parts to it. When you read it, you'll feel like you're in the story too! Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin is a book you will enjoy! Read it! You'll have a smile on your face when you're done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ava Henderson on January 27, 2013
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I loved this book it was so inspiring this is one book every dancer should read any age that u might be !!!! :);)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaylee May on January 27, 2013
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THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING I CANNOT BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW MANY TIMES I REALLY FELT A CONNECTION BETWEEN CASEY QUINN AND MYSELF HANDS DOWN, EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK WAS WELL WRITTEN AND I AM HAPPY I FOUND SUCH AN EXTRAVAGANT BOOK
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By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2014
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I loved this more than others too because that would be me but with singing I like Casey Quinn. BUT what happens to pride?
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By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on January 9, 2013
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Casey wants to become a professional dancer more than anything in the world. She is stuck in small town in South Carolina and fears that she will never be able to make her dreams come true. She gets a chance to prove herself when she auditions at a ballet school in New York. She ends up not getting the part that she tries out for but another dancing opportunity is offered to her. She is finally able to chase her dream but struggles with leaving her mother behind.

This story is great for young girls that enjoy realistic fiction. The story was very clean and has a positive message to it. We would recommend it for girls that love to read about dancers.
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