Tuesday, 13 November 2012

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

 1992, Simon and Schuster
192 pages, Paperback
Personal copy

Themes: ballet, ballet school, going abroad in the holidays, visiting & getting to know extended family, language barrier, getting off on the wrong foot, unexpected meetings, a hugely welcome surprise from a disaster, joys and perils of travelling, friendships blooming, lots o laughs and a few tears

Book blurb
Nayuleska's thoughts
Drina's story continues to be magical. I've forgotten so much, and yet its all familiar when I start writing. I like how nervous she is about visiting her Italian relatives because it deals with mixed emotions. Drina runs into a few problems abroad, but equally she is able to solve a gigantic issue, which has a cool result. I missed not seeing the usual cast as much in this 10/10 read, but I enjoyed Drina getting closer with other members of the Dominic company.

Suggested reading
Make sure you've read the whole series, which includes book 3 Drina Dances in Exile.

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