Casey Quinn has got more grace in her pinkie toe than all those prissy ballet-school girls put together, even if you'd never guess it from the looks of her too-long legs and dirty high-top sneakers. It's 1959, and freckle-faced Casey lives in the red-dust countryside of South Carolina. She's a farm girl: Her family can't affo
I was buddy reading this with my sister and neithet of us could get into it. We finally just decided to put it down.
The novel is told in first person from the main character (I can't remember her name). I was confused as to how old she was supposed to be. Her dad supposedly died when she was 2 ten years before, but she's only a few months away from high school. It just didn't add up. She also read like a very young character, which I wasn't expecting. She read more like and 8-10 y ...more
I do not recommend this book to people who like violence or hard core but to people who like dance, drama, hard work, and music. I personally do not like dance but really this is about determination and how to live out your dreams with the ups and downs.
The main character (Casey) really wants to become a dancer but her family can't afford to put her in dance. Her dad died in World War II, so they don't have money for things like bal ...more
Reasons to Read:
1.Casey's Determined Nature:
One of the main drives in the book is how much Casey is determined to become a dancer in New York. She is willing ...more
There is also an antagonist who is, well, very antagonist-y. In real life, good and bad is not so separate. But they were too black-and-white in the book. And then at the end the antagonist becomes good. Because it has to have a happy ending, however impossible.
The main ...more
This book is a children's book aimed at ages 9+, though totally suitable for kids younger than that. Because of this, the book is not very deep and emotional and is pretty much a happy, cute read. The book is also quite enjoyable for teen and adult readers as well, though I wouldn't recommend it if you're looking for something deep.
I liked this book for the simplicity of it, the characters are simple, the narration is simple and the story is a ...more
It was about the amount of emotion we put into art--painting and dancing in this story--and how that emotion is what m ...more
I read it when I was 10-11 years old and it still has a place in my bookshelf at home. There are just some books you can't forget about your whole life, and for me, this is one of them.
This was literally the book that got me into reading. It is a beautiful story about a poor girl of a hand-to-mouth existence who just wants to dance but doesn't even know herself. In the hustling-bustling city of New York, she finds friendship, follows her dreams and fin ...more
I picked this book up because it was in the historical fiction section at my library (and the cover was pretty and that was a plus of course), and when I cracked it open, I couldn't put it down! Literally! I read this book straight through in five hours (But I'm a really fast reader)! I am NOT a dancer and when it comes to grace... I could trip on an ant. I still really felt an emotional connection to Casey Quinn, and because of the way the book was written, I felt like I c ...more
Casey, the main character, is determined to achieve her dream despite people making fun of her. The book has many funny moments to rejoice, but it's motivational book for those who pursue a dream.
Recommend for all young girls!
Casey hat einen Traum: sie will Tänzerin werden. Doch das ist gar nicht so leicht. Aufgewachsen in ärmlichen Verhältnissen, müssen Casey, ihre Mama und ihre Omi für jeden Cent hart arbeiten – da fällt Tanzunterricht nicht in den Rahmen des Möglichen. Aber davon lässt Casey sich nicht entmutigen: sie tanzt anstatt zu laufen, sogar in der Schule und auf der Arbeit lebt sie ihre Leidenschaft. Eines Tages kommt ihre Chance und sie hat die Möglichkeit, in New York zu einem Vortanzen zu gehen. ...more
Casey hat einen ganz großen Traum: Sie möchte Tänzerin werden. Doch für Ballettunterricht hat die Familie kein Geld, weshalb sie jeden Morgen ihr eigenes Training absolviert. Als Casey von dem Vortanzen für die Ballett-Akademie in New York erfährt, weiß sie sofort: Sie wird dorthin gehen und vortanzen. Das ist ihre große Chance, auf die sie so lange gewartet hat! Doch der Weg dorthin ist alles andere als einfach, wie Casey schmerzlich erfahren muss.
Rat-a-tat-tat, meine Füße tr ...more
First of all, the actual book was fine. The characters were alright, though I was extremely annoyed by Casey's stubborn nature at times. In particular, when Ann-Lee was trying to be nice but nooo, Casey didn't have a drop of forgiveness in her. Holding grudges isn't (should I be saying ain't?) good for you, Miss Quinn ...more
Casey's an interesting one. I absolutely love the way she sees the world:
I dance my way home from school. Fast and hard on angry days, my feet biting the sidewalk like mad dog. Long and slow when ...more
The main protagonist was very likeable from the start because she was easy to sympathize with. The supporting characters were well written as well and filled the other perspectives and attitudes needed to complete the feel a ...more
This book had a lot of promise. It's an original plotline and romance-free, with some issues I sympathize with. However, due to its development, I find 2.5 stars the highest I could rate this. First of all, Casey's character is a determined spirit who isn't shy or submissive. On the other hand, she lacks a whole lot in the humility category. When Ann-Lee makes fun of her, Casey always tells the girl she calls "the Priss" that she's better than her, an action Ann-Lee reciprocates. Casey...more
“Someday Dancer” can be split into two parts — Casey’s time in South Carolina and her time in New York — and both parts essential to making this great book whole. It’s clear author Sarah Rubin has a love of dance. It practically jumps through Casey and off the page.
It’s also clear that Sarah did her research.
Those who aren’t familiar with modern dance often think it’s all the same. But like ballet, which has a number of different methods, so, too, does modern dan ...more