The Midnight Dancers

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When teenaged Rachel Durham finds a way that she and her eleven stepsisters can sneak out of their Chesapeake Bayside home after midnight, their worried fundamentalist father enlists the help of Paul Fester, a traveling juggler, to find out what the girls are up to. A modern retelling of Grimm's fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."
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Overview

When teenaged Rachel Durham finds a way that she and her eleven stepsisters can sneak out of their Chesapeake Bayside home after midnight, their worried fundamentalist father enlists the help of Paul Fester, a traveling juggler, to find out what the girls are up to. A modern retelling of Grimm's fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780981931869
  • Publisher: Chesterton Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2008
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 323,984
  • Age range: 16 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    A Must Read!

    This is another beautiful work by Regina Doman! We leave behind the stories of Blanche, Bear, Fish and Rose for the new tale of the life of Paul Fester, a student introduced in "Waking Rose". Paul has left Mercy College for army life, but this story begins after a skirmish in Iraq where he meets Colonel Durham. Paul returns to the States on leave and finding himself in the area, pays Colonel Durham a visit, setting into motion the events that propel the rest of this amazing book. It is a bit darker than the other books and not one that I would instantly recommend for younger readers, but all in all I give this sweet story ten stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    hold fast to the truth

    another "cant put down" by Regina Doman. Very good read for young adults. Present day setting and situations that many young people may find themselves in but a good twist...these characters make choices with the ultimate good in mind...will challenge you and encourage you....Good read for the guys ....see how to be a real man....protector and defender...

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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    Favorite Fairy Tale Retold

    The 12 Dancing Princesses has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, so I was delighted when Regina Doman used it as the basis of the Midnight Dancers. It is different from all her other books, but still ingeniously connected to them, though I will not say how. I love how throughout all her books, but especially in Midnight Dancers, Regina Doman uses symbolism to its utmost and grasps the opportunity to instruct her readers through her characters. It makes all her books worth reading.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Wonderful and Good Book!

    One of the ending lines in this book is "I know goodness. It has a name".
    That is what this book is all about. Regina Doman does a wonderful job of showing that when you are doing everything "right" it doesn't always make you want to continue that way.

    The main characters in this story are from a family that is a very Christian and tries to do everything "by the book". They find that they feel tied down and not seen as who they really are.

    This book does a wonderful job of showing that you can't be forced to do everything right(even if you're already doing it); you have to choose to do what is right.

    This book is a five star book for both Christians and none Christians. I would recommend this book to anyone curious about Christianity and those who want to know "why" we have to do things "right".

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    A Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses

    Regina Doman once again produces a novel worth reading out-loud. This time around, it is a retelling of the fairy-tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Rachel Durham is a teen-aged girl with six biological sisters and six stepsisters, as well as two half brothers. Unlike the previous three fairy tale novels, the heroine is a protestant from a very strict family; they are only allowed to wear skirts, and their privileges are very limited. When the girls decide to rearrange their bedroom, they discover a secret passageway to the beach, and like in the fairy-tale, it leads to midnight dances and boat-rides. Paul Fester, from "Waking Rose", is a friend of their father, and he follows the girls to discover what happens to them at night. Although the girls meet many friends, people can lie, and not all may be friends. In this novel, you will find adventure, mystery, and morals that make the book just a little bit darker, yet deeper than the other books in the "fairy-tale novels" series.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Nice = Good. Wait - it doesn't???

    *SOME POSSIBLE SPOILERS*
    In Midnight Dancers, we see some more of (my favorite character) Corporal Paul Fester. He's in Maryland for a summer festival, and gets to know a Colonel, who has a problem. The colonel has 12 daughters - and he can't connect with them. He thinks they are hiding something from him - which they are. Paul decides to help him out, even though there's a good chance it could ruin his character, reputation, army career, and chance at medical school.
    Rachel Durham, the oldest of the colonel's daughters, puts herself, her sisters, and Paul in danger - just because she wants some "freedom". She travels to a mysterious island in the middle of the night, where she meets a "nice" man. And it takes a whole lot of trouble for her to see, with Paul's help, that "nice" is not the same as GOOD.
    This novel is definitely a cliff-hanger at times, like the others. And it is also a definite re-read. I lost track of how many times I've read it awhile ago. Do yourself a favor and purchase it - I bet you'll be reading it over and over again, too.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Must-read for teens & young adults (as well as parents!)

    I found this book a little more predictable than the previous books in the series. However, it has strong benefits of it's own that make it well worth the read.

    The storyline starts with some fast action, then develops rather slowly for a while, but once you reach the last few chapters you won't be able to put it down! Doman has again done an excellent job of making the characters believable and interesting, and I found it easy to begin thinking like Paul or Rachel.

    The strongest point of this book though isn't the storyline. It's the message - about growing up, honesty, relationships and life in general. Without becoming a scripture-wielding lecture text, the author introduces challenges such as keeping secrets from parents, modesty in clothing, and even drug and alcohol use in a natural and engaging way. The struggle between light and dark is portrayed particularly well, and the teen's mindset is shown as well as the parent's.

    Overall a fantastic and engaging read for any teen or young adult, which anyone who has had any sort of struggle with darkness will be able to relate to. Also highly recommended for parents to read, as it provides quite a few thoughts about how to relate to teenagers as they become peers, rather than children.

    Note that this is not a book for young children, as some of the issues discussed are for a mature audience. I recommend it for late teens onwards.

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  • Posted January 24, 2010

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!

    This book is amazing the best book i have ever read!!!! OMG it is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i could read this everyday!!!!!!

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