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Gloria, Ballet Dancer

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Gloria's ambitions to dance professionally require leaving home and family to perform, which is painful but ultimately worth it.

Gloria had always been so sure that she would be a ballet dancer that she could hardly take in what her father was saying. "You'll be graduating soon and it's time you thought about what you'll do. We can't send you to college, and with money so
Published 1946 by Julian Messner
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Dec 23, 2015 CLM rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Stephanie D.
Gladys Malvern wrote many outstanding historical novels, including several with biblical settings that taught me a lot about the Old Testament. This one, however, is a contemporary, set in the 1940s, the first in a trilogy about Gloria and her dream of becoming a prima ballerina, and I reread it constantly through my childhood.
Sep 11, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like vintage ballet novels (a very small subset of the population, I think)
Classic 50s children's book. Lots of telling, but the excitement of the early Balanchine era comes through the pages. New York must have been very interesting at that time.
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Gladys Malvern wrote almost four dozen books in her prolific career as a writer of historical and biographical Young Adult fiction. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on July 17, 1897. Her family roots were in Virginia and her ancestors include such historic American names as Lee, Rolfe, Randolph, and Custis.
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