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Billy Elliot

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  688 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Set in northern England during the 1984 miner's strike, Billy Elliot tells the story of a young working class boy who chooses not to follow his widowed father's instructions to train to be a boxer. Instead, fascinated by the ballet class sharing the same building as his gym, Billy hangs up his gloves to pursue dreams of being a dancer. But even as he discovers his virtuoso
Paperback, 155 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Chicken House (first published March 26th 2001)
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(Popsugar #14: Libro que puedes terminar en un día)

You can’t give up being just yourself

Con el escenario de fondo de una de las mayores huelgas de mineros en Inglaterra en los años 80's tenemos esta historia acerca de un niño y su familia persiguiendo sus sueños: unos por conseguir mejores condiciones de vida para los mineros del carbón, y el otro descubriendo dentro de él una habilidad que le puede llevar muy lejos , viviendo una vida totalmente diferente.

Hay 2 narradores principales: Billy y
Nov 24, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am also into reading novelized movies aside from watching adapted movies. I tend not to be content with watching movies with my mouth agape; I want to understand the whole story completely, for there are times that I can’t follow the dialogues because I’m not much familiar with accent with which characters speak.

Billy Elliot is the only movie that comes to my mind when someone asks me what my favorite movie is. It is a British dance drama film about an eleven-year-old boy desiring to be a prof
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
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The reason why I picked up this book is that Billy Elliot is one of my all time favourite films and I was really intrigued by the fact that it’s been released as a novel. Since it’s related to my thesis work I’ll have to start working on in the next few weeks and it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, I decided to combine work with pleasure and read Melvin Burgess’s novel. To be honest, I found Billy’s narration quite strange a
Sep 10, 2015 Rizal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite
This is an adaptation from a movie.

I LOVE it, LOVE IT! (and I actually cried for this book, it was so good)

It is about...
A boy who want to be a ballet dancer instead of a boxer.

I guess this month is a diversity reading month for me and I'm loving it!
May 30, 2015 Markus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy Elliot was a nice and quick read, but I was hoping so much more from it. I definitely liked how the story went on and the fact that it was easy to read. I enjoyed how it handled family and kind of LGBT issues, how it proved stereotypes wrong. On the downside, nothing was explained. I understand that it was originally a musical and the book was adapted, but it was rather poorly done. All the point of view changes were jumpy and I wanted to get to know the characters better. I did enjoy the ...more
Dec 31, 2015 Dagmar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Billy Elliott!!
Nadia Phillips
May 28, 2012 Nadia Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billy Elliot is a novel written by Melvin Burgees. Billy Elliot is also a really famous play that was written by Lee Hall. It is about a boy who likes to dance especially ballet dance. Billy's father made Billy box but Billy's passion was dancing. Billy lives with his brother called Tony Elliot and his dad called Jackie Elliot. His mum died a long time ago.

Billy would go to Mrs Wilkinson for ballet lesson for 50 pence. He would go home and practice like doing the spin. When his father asked him
Jun 12, 2013 Bookproject_seebacher rated it really liked it
“Billy Elliot“ was written by Melvin Burgess and based on the motion picture screenplay by Lee Hall.
It's a novel about a boy, who wants to become a ballet dancer. The book is for ages 11 and above.

Billy lives in a poor family and has to take care of his grandmother. He takes boxing lessons, but instead of boxing, he likes dancing around the ring. That behaviour makes Billy's father Jackie angry, because of the fact that Jackie and Tony, Billy's brother, don't earn much money and the boxing lesso
Nov 22, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
There isn't actually all that much to say about this story. The entire story should serve as a reminder that everyone should stay themselves and life isn't about living the way others want you to, but the way you want to. The ending is a bit predictable even though I anticipated a slightly different one for a few chapters.

There are several POV-s and each adds something to the story. Billy's POV was my favourite and Tony's my least favourite.

The season this book reminds me of? Strike season. :)
Feb 07, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone 14+
After having recently re-discovered the brilliant movie that is Billy Elliot, my friend told be that it had also been published as a book. I found and purchased it within minutes, and I'm so glad I did. The book was absolutely fantastic with staying true to the original plot, but while still being original by giving the reader chapters in some of the other characters perspective. I really enjoyed knowing what each of the different characters were thinking, and seeing their view on things. I fini ...more
Kayo Nakagaki
Nov 17, 2014 Kayo Nakagaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Penguin level 3
2. 11/15 20min 11/19 65min
3. ballet, boxing, mother, piano, father, London, dancer
4. a) I'm not a gay.
b) When I read this scene, I thought Billy is gay. But ballet isn't only for girls, but also for boys. My thinking is discrimination based on gender.
5. At first, father opposed Billy going to a dance school in London and become a ballet dancer. However, finally he cheered and understood his son. And he was proud of his son. In my opinion, love between parents and children is s
1,Penguin level 3
2,6/15 60min 6/16 30min
4,The main charactor is Elliot. Elliot is 11 years old. His family are poor, so they want Elliot to be rich. Elliot learn boxing to get a lot of money,but he doesn't like boxing. One day, he looked the lesson of dance. He became want to be a dancer, but his family oppose to be dancer.In the future, he became a famous dancer overcame family's opposition.
5,I have little interest in this book. This book is fun, but I th
Chie Akura
Jul 02, 2014 Chie Akura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Penguin Readers level 3

2. 6/28=30minutes, 6/29=30minutes, 7/1=35minutes

3. coal, ballet, boxing, strike, hard, accept, professional

4. I like this story very much. Billy who is a main character does what he wants even if other people say anything. He wanted to ballet though he is a boy. I was encouraged by that part.

5. I thought that to do something what I like or I should continuously is important. I noticed again that if I continue something it would get better. I thought I should exert al
Camila Gil
Conmovedor libro sobre el apoyo de la familia y los medios que influyen en tus metas, basado en una película, la cual recomiendo mas, sin embargo se puede disfrutar mucho, reir, llorar y reflexionar con este libro ligero y aunque sin mucho profesionalismo, me parece que cualquiera puede sentirse identificado
May 14, 2015 Lyonsl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this book. a good story and full of funny things happening.
Roberto Orellana ovalle
me encanto, quiero ver otra vez la película!!!
Sep 07, 2014 Magdalena rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
Touching story.
Jade Notfound
Oct 06, 2015 Jade Notfound rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody brilliant.
Jul 01, 2013 Neu rated it liked it
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Kiko Kawashima
Oct 28, 2015 Kiko Kawashima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Penguin Readers level3
2. Oct 24 / about 20minutes, Oct 28 / about 30minutes
3. ballet / dancing / coal mine depression / England / London / dream / family love / friend love
4. a) Eleven-years-old Billy Elliot is different from other boys. He is not very clever or good at sports. Then, one day, he discovers ballet dancing. Finally, he has found something that he can do well. But everybody knows that ballet is for girls, not boys. Will Billy continue to dance? Or have his father and brother got
Steve Mitchell
Jul 25, 2011 Steve Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Set in during the miner’s strike, this book is a novelisation of the film (which I have not seen yet) that tells the story of a miner’s son that is crap at sports - including boxing, which is a family tradition - but is a natural at ballet.

I remember the miner’s strike as the event that nearly turned this country into a police state; nobody will ever convince me that the police were not acting criminally during that protest and were acting upon the orders of Thatcher - and for that reason alone
Aki Tanaka
*book: Penguin, level 3
*time: 10/24, 120 minutes
*summary: Billy, strike, masculinity, coal miner, boxing, ballet, family
1. Billy who was the main character liked ballet better than boxing even though it is womanish dance. Do you like anything mannish?
Yes! I love baseball and blue! My father, my sister, and I played softball, and my brother played baseball, so I understand the rules well. I think it is the most exciting sport! Additionally, my favorite color is blue. Usually, blue is f
Mayumi Inoko
Oct 27, 2012 Mayumi Inoko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Penguin Readers Level 3
-Time 10/28 = 110 minutes
-7 word summary: Billy - Jackie - Tony - boxing - ballet - Mrs Wilkinson - audition
-Discussion questions
1. Have you ever thought that you are different from others?
Yes, I have thought it. When I go shopping, strange clothes often catch my eye's and I often buy them. I feel a little different from average people. I think it is one of my character.
2.Have you ever experienced anything that you did very hard?
In my case , I practiced volleyball very ha
Naoya Minobe
Dec 03, 2012 Naoya Minobe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For soffie's class

Minutes 65
Summary boy strike boxing unwilling dance enjoy hidden

Q1 In the book main characer Billy plays boxing un willing. His father force him to play boxing as his father and his grandfather did. so Do you have some resson that you don't want to??

A1 Actually when I was in elementary school, basically 2 days in a week, I should go swimming club. Then I wonder why I go swimming school and hesitate to go there. That's so boring for me to go.

Q2 In the book, Billy really enjoy da
Yuna Tatsuoka
Oct 17, 2012 Yuna Tatsuoka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-penguin readers level 3
-aurthor :Melvin Burgess
-10/16=100 minutes
-7 summary words: a elven-year-old boy, strange, family, boxing, ballet dance, exciting and smile
-Discussion questions
1, what do you think that your son want to learn ballet dance?
-If my son say that, I want him to learn it. I think he should do what he want to do!
2, If you have only a son, what sports do you want him to play?
- I want him to play badminton, because I can teache it to him.

I recommend this book because it was excit
Oct 30, 2013 かりん rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. Penguin readers level 3
2. 10/28 40min 10/29 50min
3. boys, boxing, girls, ballet, dancing, mum
4. What do you think about an idea of Billy's father that ballet is for girls and boys should not do it?
--- I think that the idea is not good. Because there are many men who are good at ballet. It is extremely free what boys and girls, old and young people do and enjoy.
5. I really respect Billy. Because he has himself strongly. I am often controlled and influenced by people and their opinions. So if
Shiho Kawai
Oct 15, 2012 Shiho Kawai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
-Penguin Readers, level 3
-Time: 90 minutes
-7 word summary: strike, ballet, boxing, mine, family, fight, and police
-Discussion Questions
1. Do you think boys dance ballet?
It is OK but I have never heard some boys dance ballet, so if I don't read this book, I may have a biased view.
2. If you have boys, do you want them to box?
No, I don't. I like soccer, especially watching the games, so if I have boys, I want them to play soccer.
This book made a deep impression on me. I have never read such
Nov 18, 2015 Raz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complete review available: Billy Elliot

It didn't go as far as I was expecting, but it was a thrilling read. There's a lot more to the story than gets passed around by word of mouth, with twists and strong sideplots. The temporal and spatial setting of the novel is well-explored, well-researched and is used in such effect with the rest of the novel. A heart-warming tale of more than you'd expect...
Haruka Furuta
Oct 14, 2015 Haruka Furuta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. PENGUIN Level 3
2. 10/8 40 min 10/12 25 min
3. lost, strike, box, ballet, destruction, competition, got into,
4. a A strike can destroy some families. Dad and I are friends because ballet dancing!
B they had very complicated relationship after his mother died. however thanks of Billy their relationship is fixed. So I thought, even a small thing could change and solve difficult situation and problems.
5 This book was interesting to read. I thought, I shouldn't judge the things by gender. also,
Daniel Choi
Billy was the main character of this book. However, he was weak and he doesn’t have lots of time to survived. So, his father asked the wishes that he wants to do. Billy said he want to do boxing. He was having hard time for three months to do boxing, but he overcome with it. After three months, he saw a ballet and wanted to learn about ballet. So, he tried and it was also hard to make balance of straight body. This story gives a lot of impressions every scene. At last, it is the moment that is v ...more
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Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...more
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