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Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  40 reviews
When eleven-year-old Kiki MacAdoo and her talented older sister go to Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory for the summer, they ignore the brochure’s mysterious warning that “ballets come alive” in the nearby forest.

But after her sister disappears, it’s up to Kiki to brave the woods and save her sister from the ghost sylphs that dance young girls to their deaths. As Kiki unloc
Paperback, 204 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by Owl Hollow
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This is a middle grade book. The main character is Kiki, and she goes Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory for the summer where weird things starts happening. I really had very high hopes for this book because of all the five stars ratings, but I found this book just ok. I really wanted to love it, but it just fell short. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (*)
Christi M
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
After having a little trouble at the beginning, I found this to be an adorable story about a young girl saving her sister from ghost sylphs who lure young ballerinas to their death.

Kiki isn’t a natural ballerina like her sister is, but it is something she enjoys. While their father is away at a archaeological dig, both girls attend a dance conservatory at Mount Faylinn. Set next to the conservatory is a mysterious forest which the teachers warn them not to enter. Of course, Kiki does and begins
MissBecka Gee
I loved the concept for this, but it felt like the author tried to pack far too much into far too few pages.
I would have loved if this had been made into a graphic novel instead.
The descriptions of Kiki's sketches and all the magical scenes would have translated beautifully in a graphic format.
Thanks to NetGalley & Owl Hollow Press for my DRC.
Karah Sutton
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As someone who did ballet from age 8 to 18, this is the perfect book for my middle grade self. With loving references to my all-time favorite ballet Giselle, as well as a loving sisterly relationship and a touch of spooky magic, this was such a a joy to read.
Amanda Evans
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book is everything a middle grade book should be. Adventure, mystery, and a character that resembles that of a real twelve-year-old. Kiki is a typical twelve-year-old, seeing all her flaws and not paying attention to the things that make her unique. She wants to be like her older sister Alison and a 3 week stay at Faylinn ballet school brings her real strength and courage to life.

This book was a joy to read, the writing was superb and it flowed effortlessly onto the page. As a reader, I wa
Nick Lewis
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This amazing middle grade is everything I was expecting including the stunning cover. I loved all of the magical elements about the story, from the fairies that dwell within the dark forest to the ghost sylphs that rise from their graves to entice new victims. The wonderful tale of a family without a mother is woven throughout the story and is heartwarming. It is simply a great and delightful read! Young girls that study ballet will especially enjoy this fantasy. Can't wait for the sequel!
Kristiana Y. Sfirlea
From the gorgeous cover to the unforgettable title, Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas promises a captivating story that does not disappoint!

Fairies, a dance school, dangerous legends, and a variety of ghostly foes, this book has so many intriguing elements that knit together into a delightfully cozy story to curl up with before bed. (If you don't mind a few nightmares. 😉)

What really captured my heart about this story was the relationship between Kiki and her big sister Alison. I am a SU
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Kiki MacAdoo is such a cute girl who loves ballet but just isn't that good at it. That aspect of the story is so relatable haha. I'm sure every single kid has tried a sport and LOVED it but just wasn't good but kept trying anyways. I loved how relatable Kiki was. I'm an adult now but Kiki reminded me of myself as a child and that really connected me to her!

I enjoyed her sister as well. I liked how the author described their relationship. It was real and something that anyone with a sibling would
Darby Karchut
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delight from start to finish! Ballet, mythology, sisterhood, the right amount of creep, and a first crush - yup, this story pushed all my bookish buttons. I even learned more about the challenges of ballet. Bravo to the author on her debut novel!
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This adorable fantasy has everything a middle grade reader would want. I love the ballet theme, being in ballet lessons as a little girl holds so many found memories for me. Of course my lesson weren't in such a cool setting. The school/castle was fantastic and so easy to imagine. Kiki is a great main character, who really embodies what it is like to be a girl that age with all of the awkward moments, and adventure. I also thought Oliver added a lot to the story. My very favorite parts were in t ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“The forest holds its own rules. Nothing acts the way it should. If you go to the other side, you may come back changed—if you come back at all.”

With this warning, 11-year-old Kiki MacAdoo is introduced to the dangers lurking in the woods beyond the Dance Conservatory of Mount Faylinn, a turn-of-the-century mountaintop castle turned dance school where she’ll be attending summer camp with her older sister Alison. Naturally, it’s not long before Kiki finds herself in those dark woods, and the dan
Heather Meyer
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas by Colette Sewall
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 Stars
Thank you to @netgalley and @owlhollowpress for the eARC of this story!

I was super excited to have the opportunity to review this book because it's about a young ballerina, and my daughter desperately wants to become a ballerina.
Kiki MacAdoo, and her sister Alison, are off to a three week summer ballet program. Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory is nestled amongst a small town and enchanted wood, where it is ru
This was quite a good book! I really liked Kiki, Oliver, and the general story, which involved the wilis and Kiki's older sister, Alison. This book was interesting and heartfelt, with a nice story which was wrapped up well by the end. It left room for a sequel, but the plot of this book was all tied up, no worries! I picked this book up for the ballet and the magical creatures, but it was also entertaining in many other ways, and Kiki, the main character, grew on me a lot. The book was also a ve ...more
Laura Stegman
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whether you've attended ballet classes or not, you'll enjoy Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas, this fanciful story by Colette Sewall about 12-year-old Kiki, who spends three action-packed and magic-filled weeks at Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory (a fancy ballet camp). While Alison, Kiki's older sister, concentrates on her craft (while brooding about her unfaithful boyfriend back home), Kiki is stuck in the equivalent of a class for remedial dancers. As she befriends a wild cast of chara ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great middle grade fantasy tale! The cover is fantastic and so is the story! It is very entertaining and fun to read. It concerns the adventures of Kiki MacAdoo and her friend Oliver Crumb (love those names!) at a mysterious ballet school where ghost dancers come to life and lure brokenhearted dancers to join them in their graves! Kiki must save her older sister Alison from their spell before she dances with them for all eternity. A must read for all ballet lovers young and old! The pa ...more
Lisa Schmid
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A magical adventure that leaps off the page and into your heart!
Addie Guinta
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! Easy read! Highly
Recommended parents!
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Spooky and sweet and fantastically fun, Kiki dances onto the page, delightfully entertaining until her last-chapter bow.
Kate Morgan
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kiki is almost 12 years old, and she is waiting for the day that she is able to starting dancing with pointe shoes. Her older sister, Alison, is the perfect ballerina. She is tall, lean, and dances beautifully. When they both attend a summer ballet camp, Kiki feels lost. She does not think she is a good dancer and it hard to make friends. The forest around the camp seems to be....slightly off. She sees lights moving around the flowers in the middle of the day. Soon, Kiki finds out she isn't alon ...more
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This middle grade had me at ‘graveyard ballerinas’. The title immediately caught my attention. Kiki and her sister Alison travel to this creepy old mansion in the middle of nowhere for summer dance camp and are immediately told the woods and being out after dark is off-limits. Kiki needs glasses to see clearly, but oddly, sees things that shouldn’t be there when she’s not wearing them. She learns she has ‘ghost eyes’ and is able to see the ghostly realm, something that comes in handy when her br ...more
Shannon Rochester
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Owl Hollow Press for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because it had a cute cover and every now and then, I really like a good middle grade book with some personal growth in it. Kiki is the main character and it is mostly her growth we see. She and her sister are getting ready to go to a dance conservatory while their dad is off at an archaeological dig and while Kiki LOVES to dance, she is not a natural at it like her sister is. A
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I’m intrigued with the cover and blurb, glad I picked it up! MC Kiki Macadoo and her sister, Alison, attend the Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory for the summer. They ignore the mysterious warning on the brochure that ballets come alive in the nearby. Alison disappears and it’s up to Kiki to brave the woods and save her sister from the ghost sylphs that dance young girls to their deaths.
As Kiki unlocks the mysteries of Mount Faylinn, the ballet of the ghost sylphs, Giselle, simultaneously unfold
Joey Susan
Thank you so much to NetGalley and OwlPress for having this e-arc available to read and review.

What a fascinating book, I loved the concept of ghostly ballerinas which is why I had to read this, but it was so much more than that once you start reading it.

I loved that the characters were realistic to their ages and maturity, that each one was flawed, in particular our protagonist Kiki. She loved ballet but wasn’t that great at it yet, but she worked on it and that’s great that the book showed t
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm usually looking for books ballet relate because I love to promoting reading in my students.
I read ”kiki McAdoo and the graveyard ballerinas” thanks to NetGalley. I really enjoyed this book. It's a young girls' book with fantasy and mystery around the life of this aspiring ballerina and her sister. I was caught by the story since the beginning. I'm pretty sure every reader who wants a quick and joyful reading it would find this book perfect, not only girls, adults would find in this book a de
Bayley Pepper
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was exactly what I needed right now! It was spooky, sweet, so much fun, and a great sisterly relationship. AND it’s set at a school? Yes please! The characters flew off the page and I loved the writing. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books from this author! I’d recommend this to any middle schooler that loves dance and a dash of magic!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for ARC of this book.

I love Kiki. I was never bored reading this story though I'm don't have much knowledge about ballet or any dance. The fantasy part excites me and I admire Kiki for being able to face her fears. I also love how the writer showed what true love can do. I really enjoyed reading it and I'm sure, readers of all ages will love it!
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this story was well written and I liked the characters. It is a very sweet story centered around sisterly love. It was upbeat with no boring or slow parts. I really think Middle Schoolers will love this book and not be able to put it down. I really enjoyed it. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc in return for an honest review!
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Eleven-year-old Kiki MacAdoo is excited (and a little nervous) to spend three weeks at the Conservatory of Mount Faylinn, a prestigious ballet academy, with her accomplished sixteen-year-old sister, Alison. After all, Alison got her first pair of pointe shoes when she was twelve, and Kiki hopes that with some extra instruction and improvement, she’ll soon earn a pair of pointe shoes of her very own. As Kiki prepare
Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
3.5 stars

Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas is a charming and spooky story about love, bravery, and learning to believe in yourself. Eleven-year-old Kiki and her sixteen-year-old sister Alison are spending three weeks at the illustrious—and mysterious—Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory. After receiving a cryptic invitation that may or may not be written in magical ink, Kiki discovers that the woods around the conservatory contain all kinds of creatures...some of whom are quite dangerous, e
Sierra Dertinger
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eleven-year-old Kiki MacAdoo travels with her older sister Alison to a three-week camp at Mount Faylinn Dance Conservatory while her dad works in Australia. Alison loves ballet and it is quite natural for her, while Kiki struggles quite a bit. Since this is a camp with set classes, the kids do have time to socialize and explore the beautiful campgrounds. However, the conservatory sits atop a vast land with an eerie lake, and even spookier forest. The kids were purposefully told not to go beyond ...more
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