Someday Dancer

Someday Dancer

by Sarah Rubin
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Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin

A ballerina tale with a thoroughly modern twist!

Casey Quinn has got more grace in her pinkie toe than all those prissy ballet-school girls put together, even if you'd never guess it from the looks of her too-long legs and dirty high-top sneakers. It's 1959, and freckle-faced Casey lives in the red-dust countryside of South Carolina. She's a farm girl: Her family can't afford ballet lessons. But Casey's dream is to dance in New York City. And if anyone tries to stand in her way, she's going to pirouette and jeté right over them!

Casey's got the grit, and Casey's got the grace: Is that enough to make it in Manhattan someday? Or might the Big Apple have something even better in mind? When she meets a visionary choreographer she calls "Miss Martha," Casey's ballerina dream takes a thoroughly, thrillingly modern twist!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545393782
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 328,707
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

SARAH RUBIN grew up on an island off the coast of Maine, spending most of her childhood dressing up, reading, and wandering in the pine forests. Sarah earned her BA in Creative Writing and History from Skidmore College, and after teaching dance and drama for a year, she left New England for Old England, moving overseas to Winchester, where she now lives. This is her debut novel.

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Someday Dancer 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
SweetPeaBubbles More than 1 year ago
When I was young, I used to want to be a ballerina. That idea was tossed out after about a month, but I'm still always amazed by ballerinas. When I read the synopsis on the cover, I got kind of excited to read this novel. It took me a little bit to become fully engrossed in the book, but I basically finished the entire book in one sitting. Reasons to Read: 1.Casey's Determined Nature: One of the main drives in the book is how much Casey is determined to become a dancer in New York. She is willing to try anything to get a chance at her dream. I admired this because she still believes in dreams, and will stop at nothing to achieve hers. She is confident in her abilities, and she carries on, even if she is discouraged. She is a very hard worker, but she also had a lot of fun at the same time. 2.Mama and Gran: Casey's mother and grandmother are two very different, but very influential people. Her mother is a very hard working and strict mother, while her grandmother is laidback and encourages Casey's dream. The three of them are very close. Gran become one of my favourite characters because she reminded me a lot of my own grandma. She offers great advice, and is one of the most gentle people I have read about. Her mother is a bit rough, and doesn't show just how much she cares about Casey much. I found their little family to be amazing to read about. I think that Casey and her story is great to read because it teaches a lot of great lessons, such as working hard in order to achieve your goal, or the importance of keeping close family ties. I enjoyed this novel a lot, and I wish that it was longer. ARC received from Scholastic Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Read it in one sitting. A compelling and well-written story. (And I'm not someone who was even interested in ballet).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Beautiful -ballerina
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only about 15 chapters in and i am hooked. It is nine and i need to go to sleep, but i just cant put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Defenitley on my top 3 list! My daughter does all genres of dance and ballet and contemporary are her favorite. This is a book for adults and kids! Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jordyn here! I have read this epic book even though I am not a dancer! It is all thanks to my friend Sydney who read this, so I read it and it was awesome! You should definetely read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story. I read it with my daughter. I wish they would continue the story. It will make you smile and cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book it was so fun and i never wanted it to end!!! It had eveything i wanted a book to have, characters that i truly care about, an addicting storyline, and of course DANCE!!!<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a dancer and love to read,this book is so great because it ties some history into a fictional story,I hope you like this story too.Sorry I have camas instead of periods, I could not find the period.Thanks for listening!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mya here loved the book it is so pashinate it is sucking you in to read more she is amazing and i love to dance
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Fav boook read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is most definately my favorite book. I was in love with book before i even finished the first chapter!!!!!! Any girl would love this book just like i did. Really i rate this book, out of 10, 1 million!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for any girl. I am reading it along with my 9 year old and I don't know who likes it better. It is beautifully written. Her descriptions of the main characters feelings are incredibly wonderful.
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This is a book about a girl who wants to dance.
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ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Casey is a natural dancer. Every second of the day, she's tapping some kind of beat and moving her body to the music. No one but her grandmother believes in her, however. Her mom wants her to come down to earth and pursue a realistic path. The other girls make fun of her love of dance. It is her dream to make it into a big ballet school and show everyone what she knows she can do. When she arrives in New York, her dreams change. She'll still be a dancer but in a contemporary dance school. Family and friends is especially important in Casey's world. Her grandmother is her rock in her little town. Whereas everyone else believes that Casey can't make it as a dancer, her grandmother is there supporting her and giving her the encouragement that she needs. It is her grandmother who helps Casey's mom understand how much dance means to Casey. Then there is Andrea, a fellow dancer with whom Casey shares her dreams, fears, and troubles. Without all of these people, Casey wouldn't be who she is. The biggest factor in Casey's success, however, is her dedication to to making her big dreams a reality. It is so easy to fall prey to the reality trap as we grow older and start looking for a stable income that we forget to dream--to think about how to make our dreams a part of our reality. While a stable income is important, it is also just as significant to have dreams--and to have the dedication to pursue these dreams. Casey has just that. She receives a lot of negative criticism each day, and she goes through many obstacles in her path to becoming a dancer. Still, she never gives up and goes on to prove to everyone that she was right to pursue her dreams. Someday Dancer is an inspiring read about pursuing your dreams and never forgetting who you are. It is about forgiveness, friendship, dreams, and family. I recommend this for upper elementary and tween readers.