03 November 2009
Title: On Pointe
Author: Lorie Ann Grover
Summary by Book Flap
Review by Kirthi
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 reall have what it takes to make it into the Company? And if not, then what?
Told through the passionate and affecting poems in Clare's own voice, On Pointe soars with emotion as it explores what it means to reach a dream- and the way that dream can change as quickly and suddenly as do our lives.
I really loved how Lorie Ann Grover wrote this, it's in the same format as Song of The Sparrow, by Lisa Ann Sandell. It adds effect to the story. I can feel Clare's dedication, happiness, and disappointment as if I were Clare herself. I got an insight on how tough it is to be a competitive, strong ballerina. It's not all about wearing a pink tu-tu and standing on your toes, it's MUCH more than that. I degraded this book because, in some parts, the main details lacked a little emotion, but otherwise, this is an amazing book!