Monday, 23 July 2012

Drina Dances in New York by Jean Estoril (Children's, 9 years +)

This edition 1992, Simon and Schuster
176 pages, Paperback
Personal copy

Themes: life at a top ballet school, going on exciting holidau with family, dealing with other people's fears & insecurities, life on a cruise ship, ease of making friends, following a passion in another country, good mix of humour & tears, first experience of true love

Book Blurb

Drina is off on an exciting trip to New York, travelling by sea on the Queen of the Atlantic. Any regrets she has about missing a few weeks atrhe Dominick Ballet School soon vanish as she finds new opportunities to dance 1 and experiences the pangs of first love!

Nayuleska's thoughts.

On realising this was the book with the cruise ship I was very excited when I started reading. I'd forgotten all the details but they slowly returned as I read on. Drina has the lesson of accepting situations and being away from school reinforced. She takes it in her stride and much to her grandmother's annoyance manages to find quite a few chances to dance. She even choreographs one! Both of those signs point to the making of a prima ballerina. Still enamoured with this series, it's fun to watch how Drina & Grant, her future husband, get to know one another in this 10/10 read.

Suggested read

Make sure you read all the Drina books including the previous in the series, Drina Dances Again.

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