Becoming A Ballerina
Go backstage at the ballet with real-life thirteen-year-old dancer Fiona. Dozens of gorgeous, full-color photographs welcome readers into Fiona's world, as she goes from auditions, to rehearsals, to opening night playing Clara, the lead child's role in Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker. Experience the nerves, the hard work, and ultimately the thrill of performing on the big stage with a professional company. This is a beautiful holiday gift that young dancers will cherish all year round.

"A feast for the eye for all readers. . . . Ballet lovers will relish the behind-the-scenes look at this land of enchantment."
(Kirkus Reviews)

"...an endless store of delicious details and insights. Fiona talks about her aches and pains . . . her sacrifices . . . the fierce competition, and even what Clara and the Prince talk about while they’re floating over the stage in a balloon headed for the Kingdom of Sweets. Dowdle’s photographs . . . immerse readers in the hard work of rehearsals and backstage life."
(Publishers Weekly)

"A fascinating book for young ballet students and a fresh introduction to that perennial favorite, The Nutcracker."
(Booklist)

"Ballet lovers and wannabe performers will enjoy this backstage look at a young dancer’s journey from classes to auditions to rehearsals for her starring role as Clara in The Nutcracker. . . .a lively look at a production for aspiring dancers."
(School Library Journal)

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