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Samantha on Stage

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Samantha has always been the best in her ballet class, but when she sees the new Russian girl dance she begins to wonder who will get the coveted lead in the school's production of the Nutcracker ballet.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Puffin Books (first published 1979)
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Mar 14, 2014 Bridget rated it it was amazing
As someone who has done Ballet since she was three, this book is very familiar to me. I feel the love of dance in the writing and it's pretty enchanting. When I was younger it really cemented my enthusiasm for Ballet and made me want to do it for the rest of my life, which is what all good children's books focused around a particular activity should do.
It's also very technically correct, which the technique side of me loves.

Samantha as the protagonist is bright, vibrant and utterly likable. The
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Apr 01, 2008 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
This was my favorite book somewhere around 4th or 5th grade. I know I read it over 20 times.
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Sep 16, 2013 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
At first I was slightly put off by all the French ballet terms that were used to create the character of the book. For that I would suggest the book is best read by one used to the art of ballet. But then the book took a surprising turn.

The story ended up instead of being just all about ballet into being a book about friendships, about overcoming obstacles whether another lifestyle or a replacement move and about triumphant. With the exception of the French ballet terminology the book was easy
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May 28, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We borrowed this book because of the ballet theme. Our girls liked it, especially the descriptions of the ballet steps and performances. I thought it was a bit forced, and we didn't get lost in the story like we have with other books. Overall, though, it was pretty good.
Jun 28, 2011 Tfeenstra rated it really liked it
cute for a kid's book.
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