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THE CUTTING EDGE meets STEP UP in this hilarious M!X novel where the worlds of football and ballet collide.

Brooklyn Gartner eats, sleeps, and breathes ballet. But after her mom gets remarried and moves them to Texas, everything changes. Thanks to her star football player stepbrother, her family is football obsessed. And thanks to a new conditioning program, the middle scho
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2018
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Despite my general lack of interest in middle grade, I wanted to read Friday Night Stage Lights for one reason: that adorable cover which hinted at the possibility of a super cute hate to love middle grade ship. Turns out, I was absolutely wrong about that, but the book was good I didn't even mind the lack of romance.

Brooklyn and her mom moved to Texas to live with her new stepdad and stepbrother. She likes them fine, and she's glad her mom's happy, but she hates that they were the ones who had
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Rachele Alpine
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I had such fun writing this book....I hope you all love it as much as I do! Happy reading!!! : )
Kimberly
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you @kidlitexchange & @simonkids for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

This middle grade book is incredibly sweet, easy to read and will appeal to various readers. Brooklyn recently moved to Texas. She misses her friends and is adjusting to life in a new town with a new stepdad and stepbrother. She’s also trying to understand why everyone is so obsessed with football. The only thing keeping her sane is her new dance studio. Dancing is Brooklyn’s passion and she is cu
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Mary Elizabeth Morton
Friday Night Stage Lights is one of the BEST junior novels I have read in a LONG time. The cover is ADORABLE. The characters face TRUE difficulties that middle school and high school kids face and handle them AUTHENTICALLY and with grace. The family dynamics are REAL and enjoyable to read. The focus on ACHIEVING OUR DREAMS without compromising our values is truthfully told. The novel is completely CLEAN with nothing inappropriate to justify away. I love, love, loved this book!! It's a FANTASTIC ...more
Grace Morton
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I say this about a lot of books but this time I REALLY mean it, l couldn't put this book down.I also really liked you throw like a girl.😀😁😄
Ms. Yingling
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brooklyn and her mother had lived in Oregon, where Brooklyn was heavily involved in ballet, until her mother met Stephen, married him, and moved to Texas because his son Tanner was a high school student heavily invested in football. Brooklyn has a new studio, a new best friend, and even a workout area in the basement, complete with a mirror and barre, but it is still a difficult adjustment. Since Tanner is very talented, a lot of time is spent going to his games and plan
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Laura Gardner
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Finished this adorable 4⭐ #mglit book yesterday. Thanks to @simonkids for the free book!
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Ballerina Brooklyn doesn’t respect football and the football players in this small TX town don’t respect ballet. All that changes when the middle school football team is forced to take ballet to help with conditioning.
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This book is a sweet, quick read that features multiple boy-girl friendships and virtually no romance, which is refreshing. The conversations and situations (inclu
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Lisa
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great mix of football and ballet with lessons learned on both sides. For my full review, visit http://kissthebook.blogspot.com CHECK IT OUT!
Becky
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Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Middle schooler, Brooklyn Gartner’s whole life is ballet. Brooklyn has spent every spare moment practice and dreaming of being a professional dancer. However, when Brooklyn’s mother remarries and moved her to Texas she has to adjust to life in a town where football is king and ballet is just a hobby. Brooklyn finds salva
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Janelle Hackbarth
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What first made me want to read this book was the sports (football and ballet) and the author. I enjoyed her last sports middle grade book, You Throw Like a Girl.

I got an advanced copy of this book from Edelweiss Plus in exchange for a review.

I throughly enjoyed the Texas setting, the sports, characters, and everything else about this book. Throughout the book, I could see Brooklyn (main character) growing from not wanting much to do with her new family and loneliness to... (no spoilers here). I
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Friday Night Stage Lights by Rachele Alpine, 333 pages. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), 2018 $17.99. Content: G.

BUYING ADVISORY: MS - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

Brooklyn loves Ballet, and she is very good. When her mother remarried, and they moved to Texas, they built a dance studio in the basement for her. She'll be going to high school next year and wants to get into the prestigious Texas School of the Arts, but when her partner in the pas de deux breaks his leg, she asks one of the midd
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Jaymie
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Delightful! I think my favorite part was the way Brooklyn's relationship developed with her step-brother. The dance and football pieces worked well together, and the whole cast of characters was terrific. And I learned something, too - all about Texas Homecoming Mums. Highly recommend.
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Rachele Alpine is a lover of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!

One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.

By day she's a high school English teacher, by night she's a mom and w
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