Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
Release Date: September of 2003
Page Number: 256
Synopsis: Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of sho business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice! Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. But practical Petrova finds she'd rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.
My Review: I was super excited to pick up Ballet Shoes. I own the movie and have watched it over and over again because it's fabulous, and I expected the book to be the same way. I wasn't let down. Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are orphans and their personalities are great because they are so different. Pauline when she gets older becomes the older sister figure and she loves acting, Petrova is a little timid and loves cars and aeroplanes, and Posy is outgoing and loves dancing with all her heart. I thought the characters really gave the story some splash. I thought the relationship between the three girls was just like three sisters, because despite being from different families, that was all these girls had ever known. The concept of three orphans working on the stage to earn money for their family was also really interesting. The plot kept going at a nice pace and would be good for keeping kids reading, because it is a middle grade book.
Rating: 5/5 worms
A great book for anyone, but I have to say I did like the movie better.