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On Pointe

by Lorie Ann Grover

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing | May 25, 2004 | Hardcover

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Our feet slip

into satin shoes

with stiff shanks,

hard boxing,

tight elastic,

and slippery ribbons

that wrap and end

in hard knots.

The frayed edges

are crammed

out of sight.

We stand.

A row of bound feet

rises

to its toes.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 25, 2004

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689865252

ISBN - 13: 9780689865251

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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On Pointe

by Lorie Ann Grover

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 in

Published: May 25, 2004

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689865252

ISBN - 13: 9780689865251

About the Book

Told through passionate and affecting poems in the voice of a young ballet dancer, this novel soars with emotion as it explores what it means to reach a dream--and the way that dreams can change as quickly and suddenly as lives do.

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From Chapter One Willow I dance because Mother says I''m her prima ballerina. City Ballet Company? Please. I''m going to New York. Soon I''ll be the youngest professional dancer in American Ballet Theatre. Mother says so. Rosella I dance because money won''t buy my spot in City Ballet. I want this so bad I''ll do anything. I get whatever I want. Dia I dance to feel beautiful. But all of a sudden I''ve grown. Not taller or fatter. But now I need a big bra and my hips are huge. I have to cover up and hide everything. Otherwise they won''t let me dance anymore. I know it. Margot I dance because I always have. What else would I ever do? Elton Most guys don''t dance, but I like to. None of my friends get it. Who cares? Ballet makes me strong. Besides, I like hanging out with so many girls. Clare I work half an hour at the barre and an hour on the floor, six days a week. I stretch every sinew and sweat from every pore, proving I''m in control. This is our dream: me, my mom, dad, and grandpa''s. We dream that I''ll be a dancer in City Ballet. I let go of the barre, press my salty lips to my towel, and breathe in my sweat. Willow pitty pats her face dry. Elton wipes up where he dripped. "Here, Clare." Rosella hands me my toe shoes. "Thanks." "And now move to the floor room," says Madame. Little girls pour out of the dressing room, racing for the barres we''ve stepped away from. We hurry with our class down the hall to the floor room and watch the adult class end. "How sad," whispers
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Our feet slip

into satin shoes

with stiff shanks,

hard boxing,

tight elastic,

and slippery ribbons

that wrap and end

in hard knots.

The frayed edges

are crammed

out of sight.

We stand.

A row of bound feet

rises

to its toes.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

[A] hard-hitting debut novel....Any reader who has faced cancer, death or just struggled to define his or her own truth will respond to this memorable heroine and the novel''s themes of loss, survival and remembrance.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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