Sunday, 17 June 2012

Drina Dances Again by Jean Estoril (Children's, 9 years +)

1992 edition, Simon and Schuster
192 pages, Paperback
Personal Copy

Themes: professional ballet, finding the positives in misfortune, theatre life, realising how good life treats you compared to others, highs and lows at a ballet school, the joys of travelling, being looked after in ballet productions, secrets let loose, bonds of true friendship, growing up, some humour, a tissue or two needed

Book blurb
Still dreaming of Italy and the wonderful experience of dancing with the famous Dominick Ballet Company while still only fourteen, Drina returns to London and the realities of school life. But an unlucky injury seems a disastrous start to the new term, and Drina is offered the chance to try out her acting talents.
Nayuleska's thoughts
I'm still enjoying watching Drina's life unfold. She really doesn't have a clue the talent she has. She's so sure she's not all that great that it takes a little time for her to realise when amazing jobs appear. Okay, so one of them occurs after she hurts herself, which was tragic, but she learns to make the best of what she can do, and gains valuable life experience. I'd remembered more of the time in the nutcracker ballet with her friend Rose, and the sheer delight by Drina dancing as Clara. It's a magic that has stayed with me for over 10 years. Drina's faults are relatable, and she wins over most people who meet her, thanks to her dedication to ballet and giving her all to whatever she does in this 10/10 read.

Suggested read
Definitely read the rest of the series which starts with Ballet for Drina

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