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A Dancer's Dream

Written by Katherine Woodfine

Illustrated by Lizzy Stewart

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A Dancer's Dream Review

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This gorgeously designed retelling of The Nutcracker will make the perfect Christmas present for ballet fans everywhere!

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2020

Perfect for all readers who love the world of ballet, A Dancer’s Dream is an inspiring story of a Stana, a young student at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg, who is chosen to dance the role of Clara on the very first night that the new ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, is performed. Stana’s luck in being picked for the part and how much it matters to her is cleverly interwoven to a touching family story about her very ill sister. Drawing on the true story of the origins of the now much-loved Nutcracker Suite and including a charming introduction to Tchaikovsky who composed the ballet’s music, A Dancer’s Dream is a delightful mix of fact and fiction. 

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for November 2020

A Dancer's Dream by Katherine Woodfine

Tinsel - The Girls Who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder 

The Three Wishes by Alan Snow

A Christmas in Time by Sally Nicholls

The Snow Woman by David McKee

Atlas of Record-Breaking Adventures by Emily Hawkins

A Dancer's Dream Synopsis

In snow white covered St. Petersburg, young dancer Stana's dreams have finally come true - she has been chosen to play the lead role in Tchaikovsky's new ballet, The Nutcracker. But with all eyes looking at her, can Stana overcome her nerves and dance like she's never danced before?

From the author of the bestselling The Sinclair Mysteries, Katherine Woodfine, and Waterstone's Book Prize winner, Lizzy Stewart, this sumptuous and magical retelling of The Nutcracker will transport you on a journey fay beyond the page.

A Dancer's Dream Press Reviews

Praise for Katherine Woodfine's The Sinclair's Mysteries series:

'A wonderful book, with a glorious heroine and a true spirit of adventure' Katherine Rundell, award-winning author of Rooftoppers

'Dastardliness on a big scale is uncovered in this well-plotted, evocative novel' The Sunday Times

'It's a dashing plot, an atmospheric setting and an extensive and imaginative cast. Katherine Woodfine handles it all with aplomb' The Guardian

Praise for Lizzy Stewart's There's a Tiger in the Garden (Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, Illustrated Books Category):

'A journey of discovery' The Guardian

'A stunning testament to the power of imagination' Metro

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ISBN: 9781471186158
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471186158
Publication date: 29th October 2020
Author: Katherine Woodfine
Illustrator: Lizzy Stewart
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Festive Fiction, School Stories
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire in 1983, and studied English at Bristol University. She lives in London and since 2009 has worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she is a children's book specialist and project manager of the Children's Laureate, working with leading children's authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.

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