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Perfect Holiday Books For Dancers and Holiday Book Giveaway!

It’s the time of year when most people are searching for the perfect holiday gift,  but finding the perfect gift for dancers isn’t easy. If you’re looking for gifts for dancers (particularly those who love to read) then have I got a list for you!

Walls

Nova Ren Suma’s supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

Tinypretty

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Wish by Grier Cooper

For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late. Wish, the first book of the Indigo Ballet Series, can be purchased HERE.

raisingTheBarre

I just finished reading Raising The Barre by Lauren Kessler and the subtitle: Big Dreams, False Starts, & My Midlife Quest to Dance The Nutcracker tells you what this book is about: An award-winning author’s journey to reclaim the daring of her girlhood by dancing in the world’s most popular ballet, The Nutcracker, with a professional company.

Kessler weaves just the right amount of humor, courage and ballet trivia to make this book a fun read. It’s the perfect gift for adult ballerinas, would-be ballerinas or anyone who’s ever harbored secret dreams of becoming a dancer.

And don’t you love the cover?

Now for the fantastic news! This week on the blog I’ll be giving away a brand new, shiny hardback copy of Raising the Barre…so enter now! Enter often! Share with Friends…and good luck!

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Looking for more books for the dancer in your life? See last year’s reading list here.

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Book Giveaway: “the impossible knife of memory” by Laurie Halse Anderson

If you are reading this there’s a good chance you are an avid reader and therefore, often in search of good books. Few things excite me more than finding a really superb book, one that really speaks to me. In turn, I love sharing that information with others, either through word-of-mouth or sites like Goodreads. This week on the blog I’ve decided to take things to the next level and do my first ever book giveaway.

What we have up for grabs is the impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. If you already know and love her work, then you’re in luck because this is her best yet. I’m very excited to share this book with the lucky winner. For anyone not in the know, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association. She’s also an incredible speaker (as you’ll see if you check out the videos I posted below).

About the book:

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

GOOD LUCK!

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