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Sep 29 2014

Let's Rock by Sheryl Berk

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Dance Divas bk 3. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781619632240.
For readers from 7-9 years. Themes: Dancing - Contemporary, Ballet, Competition, Friendship
Let's Rock is the third novel in the Dance Divas series by Sheryl Berk. The girls are divas in dancing and some are divas in everyday life. Snobby Liberty's mother is a very important choreographer in Hollywood. She has organised for the group to be backup dancers for the famous band the Sugar Dolls in Los Angeles. They are also busy learning their Hollywood star routines for another dance competition in California. Liberty, Bria, Rochelle, Scarlett and Grace are faced with the usual performance dilemmas, who is dancing solo, what style of dance will Miss Toni assign to them and what about their costumes? The girls experience in Hollywood is fraught with temper tantrums, friendship issues, rivalry, difficulty in learning the routines and jealousy. The results of the competition are surprising. Lessons in life are also learned when the girls put aside their differences to volunteer at a homeless shelter.
Sheryl Berk's dance background is evident in her understanding of dance styles, use of dance terminology and in the descriptions of the auditions and build up to the competitions. Her Dance Divas series is suited to the younger reader who is a dance fan.
Rhyllis Bignell

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