dido Posted February 26, 2006 Report Share Posted February 26, 2006 Gloria Whelan (2000 National Book Award Winner for Homeless Bird) has a new book out called The Turning about a 16 year old corps de ballet dancer at the Kirov Ballet. It's 1991 and the Kirov is going on tour, our heroine and a friend are thinking of defecting. I'm not a fan of Whelan's work, so I just skimmed the first few chapters. She is much better at subtly explaining certain ballet terms, so dancers will probably not find this book as annoying as certain others I could name. This is also Whelan's fourth book about the same family in Russia during different eras (Angels in the Square, The Impossible Journey, and Burying the Sun) so readers may wish to start with these earlier ones. Age range: 10-12 is my best guess, despite the much older protagonist. Quote Link to comment
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