Leaping at Shadows

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Madeleine's the newest arrival at the famed Dario Quincy Academy of Dance. She's worked hard to gain admission, and she's determined not to lose her scholarship. That means not asking too many questions when her antique necklace goes missing, and certainly not breaking curfew. So how does she find herself exploring the creepy tunnels that run underneath the school?

As if rivals at dance practice weren't bad enough, Madeleine begins to suspect that there's an ancient evil on the ...

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Overview

Madeleine's the newest arrival at the famed Dario Quincy Academy of Dance. She's worked hard to gain admission, and she's determined not to lose her scholarship. That means not asking too many questions when her antique necklace goes missing, and certainly not breaking curfew. So how does she find herself exploring the creepy tunnels that run underneath the school?

As if rivals at dance practice weren't bad enough, Madeleine begins to suspect that there's an ancient evil on the academy grounds. And when Madeleine and her rivals join together, sneaking out at night to explore the school's depths, the evil might just follow them back upstairs.

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Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
Ballet dancers become ghost-busters in this first book in the Dario Quincy Academy of Dance series, which is written at a fourth-grade reading level and set in a prestigious, potentially haunted boarding school. Madeleine faces challenges as a scholarship student arriving after the semester starts, but she quickly proves herself with her graceful talents. She and her new classmates bond during midnight explorations of the Academy’s spooky basement tunnels in search of stolen keepsakes. Atwood uses a light touch to create pleasant characters and a suspenseful premise, never letting the sinister notes weigh too heavily on the proceedings. Future mysterious adventures await: Stolen Luck, The Cursed Ballet, and Twin Dangers are available simultaneously. Ages 11–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Madeline only hesitates a moment before deciding to take a chance and attend an elite boarding school for talented dancers. Being the new girl in school is never easy, but it is doubly hard when the school is a boarding school. Madeline has the added difficulties of being a scholarship student and joining after the semester has already begun. After a rocky start, Madeline manages to become close friends with a group of girls that soon sends them on a quest to solve a mystery. When personal items begin to disappear from the girls’ rooms, they determine they must discover who has been stealing their things and why. In this book, Megan Atwood attempts to mix the genres of mystery and coming of age story, with limited success. The conflict between Madeline and the school girls is resolved too quickly, and little tension between the girls is felt through the remainder of the novel. They mystery is also solved quickly and leaves more questions than it resolves. This is the first book in a series. Hopefully, later books will solve the overall mystery of Madeline’s new school. Hesitantly recommended for preteen readers interested in dance or mysteries. Reviewer: Danielle Williams; Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467714839
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 700,017
  • Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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