Ask Amy Green: Dancing Daze

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Ballet intrigue, a best friend predicament, and a bullying problem to solve keep Amy plenty busy in a new adventure.

Claire, the older sister of Amy Green’s very best friend, Mills, has a dancing dilemma. Claire has landed the lead in Budapest Ballet Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. It’s the role of a lifetime (not to mention that her Romeo is the hot and talented Hungarian dancer Péter Bako), so why does she seem so depressed? And why won’t she talk to anyone about ...

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Overview

Ballet intrigue, a best friend predicament, and a bullying problem to solve keep Amy plenty busy in a new adventure.

Claire, the older sister of Amy Green’s very best friend, Mills, has a dancing dilemma. Claire has landed the lead in Budapest Ballet Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet. It’s the role of a lifetime (not to mention that her Romeo is the hot and talented Hungarian dancer Péter Bako), so why does she seem so depressed? And why won’t she talk to anyone about what’s bothering her? Amy Green and her aunt Clover, advice-givers extraordinaire, are coming to the rescue. It may take some serious snooping and a trip to Budapest, but Amy and Clover are determined to help the budding ballet star get back on her feet.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Irish Amy Green, along with her super cool Aunt Clover, is out to solve more social problems for friends and family. This time they are helping Claire, the older sister of Amy's bff, Mills Starr. Claire now lives in Budapest, studying to be a prima ballerina at the famed city's ballet academy. She is playing Juliet in an upcoming production staged at Dublin, Ireland's, big theater. Mills is ecstatic to be seeing her sister again, but, when Claire gets home, she has lost all her spark. It is almost as if she is not even happy to be a dancer anymore. Amy is determined to get to bottom of the trouble and reads Claire's diary to find clues. Not a cool thing to have done. But then Mills reads Amy's diary and gets bent out of shape. Plus, Amy's mother is always dumping babysitting chores on her. In addition to trying figure out what's troubling Claire, Amy has to deal with the emotional upheaval in her own house and the emotional upheaval in her father's new family. With the help of Aunt Clover, Amy gives Claire the courage to confront her bullying schoolmate who has been vying for Claire's roles. Through the advice column she writes with her aunt, Amy helps another girl find out if her brother is doping to stay competitive on his swim team. And Amy finds the key to dislodging her dad's mother-in-law, who has definitely over stayed her welcome. Some of the language in these stories seems spurious—how many American teens use such words as coola-boola—but the stories have lots of energy and plenty of plot twists and complexities. Plus, there are plenty classroom discussion points. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
VOYA - Riley Carter
People who love dance and drama will like this book. They will like it because the book is about dance and there is plenty of drama. It is, though, completely realistic and teaches a very important lesson about a common issue today—bullying. This book started off slowly and was a little boring, but picked up in the middle, where the story becomes more enticing, and ended up being a great book. Reviewer: Riley Carter, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Kim Carter
Thirteen-year-old Amy Green and her best friend, Mills, are thrilled to hear Mills's older sister Claire has the lead role in the Budapest Ballet Company's performance of Romeo and Juliet, with a special performance scheduled for the girls' hometown of Dublin. Equally exciting is Claire's first visit home in two years for a quick publicity tour, including an interview with Amy's aunt Clover, a journalist and teen-advice columnist. During the visit, however, Amy notices Claire is quiet, thin, and lackluster, deferring to her admittedly gorgeous and energetic costar, Peter. Amy's worries are temporarily sidetracked as a major rift in her friendship with Mills and her father's troubles with his second wife, new baby, and mother-in-law take center stage. Sent on assignment for "two nights of ballet balhooey in Budapest" to follow up Clover's initial interview with an on-site exclusive, Clover and Amy team up once again to set the world right. Whether tackling big issues or small, Amy's first-person perspective is fluid and engaging. Clover's vivacious and wacky embrace of life provides the right mix of confidence and competence as the pair sort out relationships, tackle bullying, and save a marriage. Young readers will enjoy the pacing as well as the personalities in this fifth novel of the Ask Amy Green series. Reviewer: Kim Carter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763655839
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Amy Green Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 672,404
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Webb is the author of the Ask Amy Green series for young readers. She has also written several novels for adults. She lives in Dublin.

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