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Billy Elliot

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Der 12-jährige Bergarbeitersohn Billy kämpft leidenschaftlich für seinen Traum: Er will tanzen! Gegen den Willen seines Vaters tauscht er die Boxhandschuhe, die ihn auf den rauen Alltag vorbereiten sollen, gegen Ballettschuhe und schafft den fulminanten Sprung zum Startänzer.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Ravensburger Buchverlag (first published March 26th 2001)
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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 rated it really liked it
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
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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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
I love Billy Elliott!!
Nadia Phillips
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
“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
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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