On Pointe

On Pointe

by Lorie Ann Grover
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On Pointe by Lorie Ann Grover

For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what she eats, giving up friends and a social life, and practicing until her feet bleed—all for the sake of that dream. And now, with the audition for City Ballet Company right around the corner, the dream feels so close.

But what if the dream doesn’t come true? The competition for the sixteen spots in the company is fierce, and many won’t make it. Talent, dedication, body shape, size—everything will influence the outcome. Clare’s grandfather says she is already a great dancer, but does she really have what it takes to make it into the company? And if not, then what?

Told through passionate and affecting poems in Clare’s own voice, On Pointe soars with emotion as it explores what it means to reach for a dream—and the way that dreams can change as quickly and suddenly as do our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442489998
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 537 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lorie Ann Grover attended the University of Miami. After school she lived with her husband, David, in South Korea, where she spent most of her time painting and writing poetry. The Grovers have two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and live in Sumner, Washington.
The author of Loose Threads, Lorie Ann was inspired to write On Pointe by her own experiences as a teenage member of the Miami Ballet Company.

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On Pointe 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
dancer543 More than 1 year ago
I have been a dancer since I was five years old. Which makes it easy to understand the painful blisters from pointe shoes and muscles aches. This book shows how much hard work and time Claire dedicates to ballet, and it can all be over after one audition. Well at least the competion, bit not the joy of dancing. That will be her decision.
Myam_Lusia More than 1 year ago
I myself am a dancer. When I was younger, I used to read books about frilly ballerinas, keeping my mind set that I wanted to be like them someday. Now, here I am, attending class after class, suffering blister after blister, getting better and better, just like Clare in On Pointe. Clare's story is real. If you are a dancer, you know very well what it is like to be Clare. The pain, the joy, the floating, the fun, the heartache when you misstep, the shameness when you are called out for daydreaming or goofing up a move, the experience overall. Clare wants nothing more than to be one of the sixteen chosen City Ballet dancers. Will she make it? Will her height fail her? Failing is not an option in Clare's world. Will she be able to handle the pressure of everyone around her? Excellent novel! Please pick it up an read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book! I Enjoyed Reading it. It was happy at times and it was sad too. I'm actually in the end of reading the book! But so far it is the best book I have ever read in my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was one of the best ive ever read. it was happy, sad, and overall, a beautiful book (besides the retching). it told of a dancer who tries out for the City Ballet Company. cant say anymore or ill ruin it. Anyway, I LOVED IT!!! READ IT, YOULL LIKE IT =D!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, this book i thought was very good b/c i do ballet and although i'm not bad i'm not near as good as these 2 other girls in my class (they're younger than me!!!) so this book tought me to stick with it b/c if i really love it i won't let that get in my way b/c i really love dancing...i'm not gunna say n e more b/c i'll ruin it but i thought this was a really good book for ballet dancers or n e 1 else that thinks they lyk this kind of book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was GREAT book it tells the life of how real dancers are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was sad at some points and happy in others. Overall it was a GOOD book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I kiss cammy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I walk into the abandoned apartment and cry feeding my kittens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written like an actual dancer wrote it. It tells exactly what it's like to wear pointe shoes and the pressure and hard ballet gives. I am a dancer myself and this is exactly what I go through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1- wake up 2- get ready 3- go to the dance studio 4- stretch 5- go to the barre 6- practice 7- eat lunch 8- practice more 9- go home 10- sleep 11- repeat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite must read for dancers of all ages. This book lets people know what dancer have to go through in their everyday life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you still there?~Elise