Off Pointe

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Limelights
  • Themes:performing arts, the arts, dance, insecurity, risk taking
  • Available:09/01/2014
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:6
  • Lexile:HL790L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Y
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When Meg’s summer ballet program is canceled and her ballet teacher suggests she attend Camp Dance to learn new dance styles, Meg is devastated.

Worse still, Meg's teacher thinks she lacks stage presence and needs to connect more with her audience. At camp, Meg struggles to learn contemporary dance. A girl named Logan, who is jealous of Meg’s ballet technique and her friendship with Nio, a cute contemporary dancer, makes Meg’s life even more difficult. When Meg, Nio and Logan have to work together to create a piece for the final show, arguments threaten to ruin their dance. Unless they are able to overcome their differences, Meg’s time at Camp Dance will have been a disaster from start to finish.

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

"Will appeal to dance fanatics."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Told from an easy-to-engage, first-person perspective...The journey may be bittersweet, but the message is one of hope and encouragement: no success without failure, no learning without doing, no joy without daring."
– VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine
"A quick, easy, realistic read, ideal for reluctant readers interested in dance and a little romance."
– Booklist
"Sure to hit the mark with readers looking for an informed and genuine approach to ballet and growing one’s repertoire."
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