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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: football, contemporary dance, dance, career, ambition, family, talent, sports, NFL
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 30/Aug/2016
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
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Luc Waldon always figured he knew what his passion was: football. He lives it, he breathes it—and he thinks he has what it takes to go all the way to the NFL. So when his football coach orders him to sign up for contemporary-dance classes to improve his game, Luc's less than thrilled. When he realizes that dance might actually be his true passion, he faces a tough decision. Is he willing to leave behind the field and a real shot at professional sports, and disappoint his parents, his coach and his teammates, in order to pursue a new dream?

Resource Links - October 19, 2016
"Luc is flawed though self-aware enough to be identified with."
Kirkus Reviews - June 22, 2016
"Deen is clearly in her element writing about dance, and every leg extension and muscle strain feels achingly authentic, as does Luc's initial cluelessness, providing readers with an excellent introduction to dance terminology...racial and sexual diversity is seamlessly integrated into the text...sure to satisfy beginners and seasoned dancers longing to relive those first steps that made them love the craft."

Awards

CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2017 | Commended

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