The school year is drawing to an end and summer holidays beckon, so a good time to look at some holiday reading that might appeal to young aspiring dancers… Stars by Laura and Luke Jennings.  Our reviewer Dani Boucher is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University with a specialism in children’s literature and drama. She enjoys ballet immensely, both dancing and watching, and currently teaches RAD ballet classes for Oxford Academy of Dance.  She writes:

All the ingredients that go into this debut novel should signal a great deal of potential: a Booker-longlisted author and acclaimed dance critic writing with his teenage daughter for a similar-aged audience about an unlikely girl getting into stage school.  What could possibly go wrong?  On many levels, nothing is wrong with the concept and the execution will guarantee readers, but there is nothing new here, certainly nothing ‘unique’ as claimed by the cover endorsement.  (more…)

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