Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance (Ivy and Bean Series #6)

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Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without ...

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Finally! After months of begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want . . . well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, it turns out ballet lessons do not cover karate chops and roundhouse kicks. The girls have no interest in learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire balletcourse! When it comes time for Ivy and Bean to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, the girls must figure out a way to get out of it without breaking their promises.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting the world of second grader, creating the tension and drama of family and friendships in language that can be read easily by child who recently graduated from easy readers to early chapter books. " - Lisa Von Drasek, Children's Librarian, Bank Street College of Education
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
This delightful series, for more independent readers, shows how best friends learn to work together, solve problems, and have loads of surprising fun. Full of expressive black line illustrations, Book 6 has Ivy and Bean launching into ballet lessons thinking they have it made—or they are in over their heads? Will their friendship survive multiple disappointments? As the title implies and several chapters indicate, such as "Dip, Dip, Crash!" and "Bad News Beneath the Sea," unpleasant circumstances turn Ivy and Bean into master schemers. They are intent on finding a way to escape tremendous humiliation when ballet teacher Madame Joy casts them as Two Friendly Squids in her original production. As they stumble through practice sessions, they cannot believe they had begged for lessons. "We have made a terrible mistake." However, Ivy and Bean are definitely not quitters, except when it came to playing softball which was an entirely different situation. Performing "Wedding Beneath the Sea" on a real stage in a real theater as part of The World of Dance would be awesome. These best friends have incentive to remain true to their own creative devices. As plans for an aquarium field trip are announced, the girls decide to run away. An aquarium would be a quiet, safe place to lay low for awhile, and their ticket out of the ballet for good. Areas like Coastal Zones, the Kelp Forest, and where penguins, alligators, and sharks are located certainly offer possibilities. But when they come to "Life without Light: Creatures of the Deep Sea," they find the best, temporary hideaway. Or did they? Chapters called "Ocean Life Gone Bad" and "In Hot Water" tell about discovering a real squid that isquite frightening, but "oh, so interesting." Lastly, "Squidarinas" concludes the book with the girls deciding they have some authority to educate others about real squids. The once dreaded ballet production becomes exciting. It can be an artful scientific lesson that everyone will enjoy. Once again life is good, ballet is actually pretty fun. Ivy and Bean have brought readers another splendid adventure. Part of the "Ivy and Bean" series. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Second-graders Ivy and Bean return to their mischievous ways as they beg their parents for ballet lessons. They get what they want, but class isn't exactly what they expected. Instead of the "kicking" and sword they saw in a picture of the ballet Giselle, they are disappointed to be learning positions, pliés, and how to be butterflies. When they are cast as squids in their first recital, they come up with several ideas for how to get out of performing without breaking their promise not to drop out of class. The story is solidly written, and the expressive black-and-white illustrations, some full page, add to the humor. Early chapter-book readers will appreciate and relate to the friends' dilemma.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811862660
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Series: Ivy and Bean Series , #6
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,407,424
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Barrows

Annie Barrows is the author of many books for adults, including the bestselling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two daughters.

Sophie Blackall is an Australian illustrator whose previous books include Ruby's Wish and Meet Wild Boars. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Biography

A voracious reader (but an admittedly poor speller!), Annie Barrows grew up in northern California. One of her first jobs, while she was still in school, was re-shelving books in one of her favorite haunts, the public library. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Medieval History. After graduation, she went to work for a publisher, editing books in many different fields.

Bitten by the writing bug, Barrows received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from California's Mills College. She wrote several books on such diverse topics as fortune telling, urban legends, and opera before branching into children's literature. In June of 2006, she released Ivy and Bean, the first award-winning book in a series about two young girls who become best friends in spite of their differences. In 2007, she published The Magic Half, a standalone children's fantasy about the middle child (between two sets of twins) who travels back in time and befriends a young girl in need of her help.

In addition, Barrows and her aunt, the late Mary Ann Shaffer, collaborated on a post-WWII epistolary novel entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Conceived by Shaffer, the novel was accepted for publication in 2006, shortly before Shaffer fell ill. Barrows stepped in to complete the project, and the book was published in 2008 to positive reviews.

Good To Know

Here are some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Annie Barrows:
  • I can read palms. I learned when I was researching a book on fortune-telling, and I figure it's my back-up career if this writing thing doesn't work out. I can also read head lumps, but no thanks.

  • In my house, we have a Museum of Despair. The collection includes a burst pipe; the wire hanger that was being used to open my car when I surprised the thief; the stitches from my daughter's knee; a bottle of vodka so old that it's a product of the Soviet Union; and a broken thermometer.

  • There are two quotations stuck to the wall over my desk. Here they are: .

    "But how could it be true, Sir?" said Peter.
    "Why do you say that?" asked the Professor.
    "Well, for one thing," said Peter, "if it was real why doesn't everyone find this country every time they go to the wardrobe? I mean, there was nothing there when we looked; even Lucy didn't pretend there was."
    "What has that to do with it?" said the Professor.
    "Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time."
    "Are they?" said the Professor; and Peter did not know quite what to say.
    --from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

    "Behold, you look on a man that is soon to be dust. Yet because love endures all things, tell me, I pray you, how fares the human race: if new roofs be risen in the ancient cities, whose empire is it that now sways the world; an if any still survive, snared in the error of the demons."
    --from "The Life of St. Paul the Hermit"

    Most of the time, I don't do anything but work and hang out with my family, but I just got back from a three-week trip to England, where I got a chance to indulge some of my secret fascinations: Neolithic standing stones, haunted battlefields, out-of-the-way castles, and Victorian anthropological collections.

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      1. Also Known As:
        Ann Fiery Barrows; Ann Fiery
      2. Hometown:
        Berkeley, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        August 24, 1962
      2. Place of Birth:
        San Diego, CA
      1. Education:
        University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Medieval History; Mills College, M.F.A. in Creative Writing

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 25, 2011

      Molly ivy+bean

      My siser loves ivy+bean and i do to!!!!!!!!

      11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 23, 2012

      Ivy and bean rock

      I love this book

      7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 27, 2012

      Brianna

      It is okay

      5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 11, 2013

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      OMG LOVE IT I RECOMEND EVERY IVY+BEAN BOOK
      DEADLY AT BEGINING BUT AMAZINGLY AWSOME OMG WE HAVE SOME AMAZING AUTHORS IN THIS AMAZING LAND OF AMERICA HA HA HOPE YOU FOUND THID HELPFUL:):):):):):,)

      GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT
      LOVE<3,ME

      4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 4, 2012

      ok

      this is an ok book and i kind of like it

      4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 27, 2012

      Kevin Figglehorn

      This book is good........for kids! I mean seriuosly only Bertha would read these. THE KEVINATOR OUT!

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 13, 2012

      Lauryn Knott

      OMG so good

      4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 2, 2012

      Randim

      This book is very good for children who are reading level 2.8 - 3.7. But a 5 th grader like me prefers to read other books. Overall they are hilarious

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 27, 2012

      This book was a rile funny book and got me excited :)

      I love how the carekters are a lot like me and my friend.When im feeling sad or lost in my haed i just read the book

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 14, 2012

      100000000000000000000000

      Kaja Holtz Rocks

      2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 30, 2012

      This seriesrocks

      This series is ok but really funny

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2011

      And it was all Grandmother's fault!

      This was the perfect book for my granddaughter on the occasion of her first dance recital. She's into "chapter" books, now, and loves it!

      2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2011

      Fun Times!

      I really liked it, shared with all my friends

      2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 15, 2009

      more from this reviewer

      Fun Early Reader Story!

      Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall is the latest installment in the Ivy and Bean series. In Doomed to Dance the girls enroll in ballet lessons assuming that ballet is a form of karate in costumes and set to music. Upon discovering the true nature of ballet they scheme to evade performing their assigned squid roles in the class recital. The girls initially plot to escape their fate by trying for bodily injury or illness. When these attempts are thwarted they decide to runaway on the school field trip to the local aquarium. The girls decide that living in the aquarium is the perfect hideaway. The fun really begins with the girls' adventures at the aquarium where they learn about real life squids.

      Doomed to Dance is a delightful tale for age appropriate readers. Parents will also appreciate the book's educational value. The class field trip to the aquarium defines "Coastal Zones" (tide pools); uses the term "sea anemone" (water dwelling predatory animals) and vividly describes the squid the girls encounter. In short, it is clear that the authors did their aquatic homework - in fact they even thank Dr. George Matsumoto of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute "for useful information regarding squid."Careful readers will also catch the book's reference to the classic children's book: The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.

      Doomed to Dance is an engaging story for readers both young and old!


      Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 14, 2009), 122 pages
      Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 23, 2013

      Liv liv!!! I want a play date!!!

      Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 4, 2013

      Good Book

      The illustrations are touching,yet the humor is deliciously saugtered in depths of touch.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 25, 2013

      Ivy and Bean: Book six

      This is such a good book. It is so realistic. When you read this book, you will think that Ivy and Bean are sittling next to you while you read this book. In this story Ivy and Bean are reading a ballet book. They decide to start ballet. Then, their recital is called Under The Sea. Bean and Ivy get chosen as ugly squids for the recital. They decide to run away till the recital was over and everyone had left the auditorium. Then, they decided it was wrong to run away. The two of them were in the recital. Their costumes were black leotards with white tights stuffed with newspaper sewn on to the edges of the black leotards so it looked like squid arms. I really liked this book.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 23, 2012

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      1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 25, 2011

      Doomed to Dance rating Doomed toDance rateing

      I think that Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance is an ok book.I like the other books much better.

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 6, 2011

      Very fun and imaginative

      I love how my daughter really relates to these girls! They have fun adventures and teach children how to be a real friend!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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