Codename: Dancer

Codename: Dancer

by Amanda Brice


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Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice

Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak is thrilled when hit TV show Teen Celebrity Dance Off comes to the campus of her performing arts boarding school. She trades the barre for the ballroom and gets set to cha-cha-cha to stardom with Hollywood wonderboy Nick Galliano.

At first their partnership is awkward, because Dani is in awe of her longtime teen idol crush. But soon their chemistry is heating up the dance floor and the attraction moves into real life. Could he actually like her?

Her excitement is short-lived, because someone wants her off the show. Bombs, poisoning, arson... Will Dani's 15 minutes of fame be over before she reaches age 15? Dani and her friends are suddenly at the center of some serious sabotage. And if she doesn't find out who is behind it, her next pirouette could be her last.

It's like "Nancy Drew in toe shoes" in this light-hearted tween mystery, a finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Award for Best Young Adult Romance.

What they're saying:

"It reminded me so much of my childhood, and I have no doubt this would have been my favorite series. Young girls are in for a treat with Daniela Spevak pirouetting through mystery, mayhem and maybe a little romance. It's Nancy Drew meets Dancing with the Stars! What could be better?"
- Broadway actress/dancer Cara Cooper (Jersey Boys)

"Fans of Pretty Little Liars and Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls will love CODENAME: DANCER. Sparks fly, tutus twirl, and a clever mystery unravels in what is sure to become a favorite among teens and tweens everywhere. Amanda Brice's debut is a must read for every girl who ever danced - or ever wanted to!"
- NY Times Bestselling Author Gemma Halliday

"Amanda Brice's debut novel has something that will appeal to everyone, especially ballet enthusiasts, mystery lovers and fans of reality TV competitions. Even if you don't know a thing about dance, you'll be easily drawn into this quick-paced story with authentic characters and big stakes. I adored Dani and found myself rooting for this spunky heroine. Can't wait for the sequel!"
- Rhonda Stapleton, author of STRUCK

"CODENAME: DANCER is a mystery-filled romance that will twirl its way into your heart. Dani is a heroine every girl (and woman) will root for. This is a stand-out debut novel for Amanda Brice!"
- Melissa Francis, author of BITE ME!

"A perfect example of YA done right."
- I'd So Rather Be Reading review blog

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461184010
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

As a little girl, Amanda Brice dreamed of being either a ballerina or the author of a mystery series featuring a cool crime-solving chick named Nancy Flew, but her father urged her to "do something practical," so she went to law school and spent her days writing briefs and pleadings instead of fiction.
But dance and writing have remained a part of her life. Amanda was a member of the ballroom dance team at Duke University, and continues this interest by her obsession with Dancing with the Stars, so it was only natural for her to set a teen mystery series at a dance school.

Amanda is the Vice President of Washington Romance Writers, and is a two-time finalist for Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Award. She blogs every other Wednesday with the Fictionistas and every other Friday with Killer Fiction. She is also a popular conference presenter, speaking on basic copyright and trademark law for writers.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys dancing, reading, cooking, traveling, and obsessing over whether Duke will beat Carolina in basketball. Go Devils!

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Codename 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Codename: Dancer is the debut YA novel by author Amanda Brice, and the first in a series centering around aspiring dancer Dani Spevak, Being a lover of all things dance-related, I was delighted to read a book centered around the dance world. Dani is a high school freshman, and a new student at a performing arts boarding school in Arizona. Initially excited to have been selected as a dancer on a reality show, things change for her quickly as things begin to go wrong, usually with her at it's center. The action and suspense were nonstop from the beginning of the book as Dani and her friends tried to figure out who was behind the sabotage. Although I think the book is geared to younger teens, the story is a good one, and definately keeps your attention with its twists and turns. The author captured the mood and character of the age very well, even touching on some more serious issues that a lot of girls today face. I definately recommend this book, and the series, to high school age or a little younger. The next book in the series, Pointe of No Return, comes out in November 2011.
ClaireReads More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute, very fun book for teens. At first I didn't think I'd like a book aimed at teenagers, much less one about ballet dancers, but I gave it a try anyway, and I'm glad I did. The writing moves along at a brisk clip in a warm conversationl tone that just draws you in until the end. The author really captured the voice and humor, and the mystery was entertaining as well.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this I grabbed the free preview and fell in love with Amanda's style. Its the best mix of mystery and dance and the best thing is that it's a quick read. The characters are all pretty good but Dani is a sweetie. She is studying dance at a school in Arizona and having to deal with being miles from her home in New Jersey. The school gets picked to be part of a reality TV show that pits professional dancers with the students, and Dani totally rocks the tryouts and gets picked, even though she is only a freshman. This does not sit well with the seniors in the dance department. From the very beginning of the story, you start to feel someone is after Dani and you have to try and figure out who is the guilty party along with Dani and her friends. The ending is okay I guess, but it wraps things up in a way. I know that there is a second book in the series and I think that picks up right after, so you will feel a continuity there. I loved Amanda's use of ballet terms and even though I knew all the terms, it was still nice to have a section in the back that told the reader what they all meant. So I recommend this to anyone, dancer or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good! I can't wait to read the sequel! Thanks to The Cheap for the rec.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My new fav book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive been in dance for 8 years now and this is like the most awesome dance book ever. I highly recomend the book for teens that are looking for a great dance book. I do almost all types of dances. I do HIP HOP, JAZZ, BALL ROOM, BALLET, TAP, TANGO, URBAN, ZUMBA, AND A LOT MORE. This book is just so good i already read it 3 times. You should read it too see if u like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first in a new YA series, Codaneme: Dancer by Amanda Brice is both fast-paced and funny. If you like humorous mysteries, then this is a great book to try out. I read it in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that she didn't end up with the guy at the end of the book, but I see it's a series, so I'm sure we'll get to glimpse the romance some more later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Codename: Dancer by Amanda Brice is the first in a YA mystery series set at a performing arts boarding school. The sequel is due in May. I thought Dani was a very relatable heroine and that girls will wish they had a friend like her. Her friends Maya and Analisa also just leap right off the page. The mystery kept me turning the pages (well, clicking, since I read it on the Nook), and I didn't figure out for sure whodunit or more important WHY until maybe a page before Dani did, so that's good. I had my suspicions all along, but kept dismissing that idea since I couldn't figure out why. Lots of red herrings, but the good kind. The dance scenes were very well written. It's clear the author has taken a lot of dance classes. All in all, a really good read.
Book_Girl_in_DC More than 1 year ago
Amanda Brice has written a thrilling mystery, full of twists and turns every bit as complicated as the dance moves the heroine performs. Dani is a delightful heroine and narrator, leading us on a journey to discover who is sabotaging the set. Teens and tweens alike will enjoy this one, especially if they've ever danced. I definitely want to read more!
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This was such a fun and cute read! And you can't beat the price. I snapped it up and immediately fell in love with the characters at the boarding school. I think it would make a really cute movie. I'd love seeing all the dancing. So excited that the sequel is already out so I can dive right in!
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I think the book was ab awesone book i like the realistic feel to it!
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The only really good thing was the 'who done it'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first read the sample of this, it hooked me immediately, so i bought it. Big mistake. It had a good hook, but ended up losing me. Im struggling to finish this book, and the only reason im trying to finish it is to get my moneys worth out of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 11, so I was wondering, would you reccomend this? ANSWER PLEASE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in an hour. Way too short. More like a few chapters than a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would it be appropriate for an 11 year old?