Pirouette: Ballet Stories

Pirouette: Ballet Stories by Harriet Castor
Harriet Castor
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  CEva_BCL
The Pirouette is a collection of fiction short stories based on ballet life. Harriet Castor has chosen the stories for the book. The book has sixteen short stories meant for teens. The focus is the different problems and achievements made by young girls in the ballet world. Harriet Castor wrote one story called Grace, based on how a young girl who did not have the dream of ballet but her mom did.

Each of the stories focused on one young lady in the ballet world. One story may be about school and ballet or about repeated frustrations during work outs. Most stories were set in English schools and homes. It was hard to see them due to not knowing England's countryside or the differences in school systems that came up frequently. The book would be wonderful for hopeful future ballerinas. The everyday teen may have a hardtime sticking with the book due to its focus solely on ballet.

Reviewer Age:20

Reviewer City, State and Country: Marble Hill, Missouri Bolliger


Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  TKono
"Pirouette: Ballet Stories" by Harriet Castor is a collection of fifteen short stories about ballet. While some underlying themes are similar, the stories themselves, the characters and plot events are different. The ages of the dancers vary, as do the genders. Also, most stories take place in different nations. By the end of the book, readers will have learned a few ballet terms.

This book gives an inside glimpse at the life of ballet. From dedication to sweating it out to make your leg reach the ceiling to competing over roles to falling in love with other dancers to making friends, this book has it all. The depth of the characters is unmatched, and the lessons learned along the way are breathtakingly beautiful. Not every reader will be thrust into a ballet academy, but, for a couple of hours, they will feel like have.

Dieting is briefly mentioned.

Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country: Staten Island, NY USA


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