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The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once upon a Time) Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Once upon a Time
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Repackage edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416961321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416961321
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Suzanne Weyn has written more than 100 novels for children and young adults and has had her work featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books in the Once upon a Time series include The Crimson Thread and The Night Dance among others.  Another contribution to the Pulse line is her Romantic Comedy, South Beach Sizzle. Suzanne lives in Putnam Valley, NY.s

Customer Reviews

I felt like that was a bit ridiculous.
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The books are enjoyable and lively and present the fairy tale in a new light.
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This is one of the best book series I have read this month!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on December 7, 2009
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I've enjoyed each book I've read so far in the "Once Upon A Time" series of reworked fairy tales. I enjoyed "The Night Dance" as well but it wasn't at all what I had hoped for. I have appreciated the new ideas and plot twists in each story and delighted in seeing how each story changed, and (in some cases) improved the fairy tales I knew. The story of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" doesn't completely work when mixed with characters from Arthurian tales of the Knights of the Round Table. "The Night Dance" feels like two disjointed and separate tales being mashed together. The actual book still read quickly and when I wasn't puzzled by what was happening, I enjoyed the sisters and I loved the part where the suitors had to figure out how the sisters were ruining their slippers every night. I love magical stories but I feel like the "Arthur" magic is different in feel from fairy tale magic. Overall the book was enjoyable for what it was but it would have made more sense for the author to have written two different "Once Upon A Time" books....one based on Arthur and the other on Twelve Dancing Princesses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By never_more on January 25, 2011
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Of all the Once Upon a Time books, this is probably my favorite. I love the setting, and working it into Arthurian legends was a stroke of genius. Any girl who likes cultural legends would dig this story, but especially King Arthur nerds like me. All the characters are vivid, never flat. It is an excellent read, if a quick one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Merin on March 22, 2012
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This was an interesting retelling of the Grimm Brothers' The Twelve Dancing Princesses, which took the original fairy tale and combined it with Arthurian legend, making the boy who figures out the mystery behind the girls' worn out shoes one of Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. In this story, the girls are the daughter of a self-made Count, who met their mother near a lake in the forest. The woman turns out to be Vivienne, the Lady of the Lake, and Arthur's aunt. She's trapped in the lake by Morgan Le Fay, causing Ethan, the husband, to think she left him. This makes him extremely overprotective of his daughters, whom he raises in a walled-in manor house.

I liked how the author switched the viewpoint of the narrator throughout, although it did get kind of clunky in some spots. Rowena (the youngest daughter) and Bevidere (the Knight) were my favorites, though. I've always had a problem with the lack of feeling that the sisters have for the men they end up tricking, causing them to lose their lives, and was glad that Weyn only had two men attempt it. I actually used this fairy tale for one of the stories I told for my Storytelling class in Grad school, and have read many MANY versions of this story in preparation. This was definitely one of the more interesting ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chocolette on June 28, 2010
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The Night Dance is an interesting mesh of King Arthur and the fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". It was quite interesting to see how the Lady of the Lake was a part of the story. However, maybe because of the short length, it felt quite abrupt in the romantic aspect between the knight and Rowena, the protagonist. How does she fall desperately in love with a man she had never seen before? Also, sometimes it felt like the author was mashing the fairy tale to fit her interpretation - especially when it got to the scene with the trees from the fairy tale. The story would have probably been stronger alone, without the fairy tale interruptions.
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If some of the Once Upon a Time books have reenvisioned the stories they tell, this is not one of them. It is a fine retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, but the attempt to make it new through Bedivere is not successful. Weyn satisfactorily explains why the twelve are locked away (their father worries that he will lose them like he lost his wife.) She helps us like the girls, though they are largely a gaggle, with only Rowena and Eleanore sticking out as individuals. She has a convincing reason for this magical underworld appearing under their house and how their access to it might have happened without their father's knowledge. Unfortunately, while wrapping up these loose ends, she has too few pages left to expand the story into something new. I might have liked where the book ended up a bit more if she had another hundred pages or so to do it.

Teens who enjoy the series will be happy with this one, but you may have to explain who Bedivere is. Although it doesn't especially shine amid the current crop of fairy tales retold, it is solid enough and safe enough to be worth it for some.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abyss on March 10, 2011
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While I know not to judge a book by its cover, I am ver disappointed in the book that I've recieved. This has nothing to do with the actual book, but with what print of the book that I received. I'm obsessive complusive, I cannot abide it when things dont match (if i have a series it must all be paper back or hard back, etc.) I have been collect the new-printed verison of the 'once upon a time' however, for The Night Dance, though the new print picture is shown on the order I received the old print cover, a cover that does not match the other of the 'once upon a time' books that I own and is ugly compared to the new print. If you'll be sending out old copies, please have that picture in the display box rather than the new print. I'm probably going to have to give this to my aunt and wait for The Night Dance to be available at my local book store. The Night Dance (Once Upon a Time) That is the cover I received. The cover I thought I was getting was this one The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time)

It was very misleading to sale the old print with the new print cover being shown. I am vastly disappointed.
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