Thursday, 27 September 2012

Drina Dances in Switzerland by Jean Estoril (Children's, 9 years +, 10/10)

This edition 1990, Simon & Schuster
174 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: exile, strict finishing school, being on the wrong side of teachers, having a bad reputation, rebelling, feelings misinterpreted, finding an amicable friend, losing a friend, travelling about Switzerland, finding pleasure in what you love, loved ones surprising you, life turning out better than expected, rumblings of true love, some tears and laughter

Book blurb

Although it's a new term at the Dominick Ballet School, Drina won't be starting lessons again for two whole terms. Her grandparents are moving to Switzerland for the winter, and Drina is being sent to a stuffy Swiss finishing school. Drina is bitterly disappointed: how will she be able to keep up with her ballet when she's so far away from her teachers and the theatre and her dancing friends in London?

Nayuleska's thoughts

I was wrong in a previous assumption that Drina loved being at boarding school. She learned to love Chalk Green in book ?, but the finishing school isn't a ballet school. It doesn't help that wll the girls are older than Drina, and have developped mentall a bit more than her in some ways. She is miserable and everyone knows notices it, even though she is brave and does as well as shebelieves possible. There were several characters I wanted to hurl things at for their stupidity, but equally some were so lovely to Drina I got teary eyed in this 10/10 read.

Suggested read

Be sure to check out Drina's other stories, including the one about Chalk Green, Drina in Exile

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