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Off Pointe
By author: Leanne Lieberman
Selling Points: dance, insecurity, risk taking
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2014
Fry Reading Level: 6.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 11-14
Price:  $9.95
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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, her 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.
Booklist - November 1, 2014
"A quick, easy, realistic read, ideal for reluctant readers interested in dance and a little romance."
Resource Links - October 1, 2014
"Sure to hit the mark with readers looking for an informed and genuine approach to ballet and growing one’s repertoire."
VOYA - October 1, 2014
"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."
Kirkus Reviews - August 15, 2014
"Will appeal to dance fanatics."

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CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2015

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