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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 112
Themes: following your dreams, death of a loved one, bravery, new experiences, family, ballet, big city
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 29/Jan/2019
Fry Reading Level: 4.1
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Seventeen-year-old Nova Abbott grew up dancing barefoot in the backyard with her aunt Ivy, whose dreams of becoming a professional ballerina were cut short by cystic fibrosis. Nova is invited to attend a prestigious ballet school's summer intensive program. She is a bit overwhelmed by New York City: the bustle of people, the talent of the other dancers, the demands of the instructors and being separated from her beloved aunt, whose health is deteriorating rapidly. With a coveted apprenticeship up for grabs, Nova isn't sure she'll make it in the big leagues, and now she's not even sure she wants to.

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