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Jan 18 2016

Studio showdown by Samantha-Ellen Bound

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Silver Shoes series, bk 8. Random House Australia, 2016. ISBN 9780857989093
(Age: 9+) Recommended for young female readers. Themes: Dance; Friendship; Conflict resolution. The young girls in this book love to dance - they are passionate about it. Their lives revolve around dance classes, learning new dance styles and learning how to get along with their dance school friends. Paige is the focus in this book, as she prepares for a Ballroom competition with her dance partner, Benji. At the same time the Dance studio begins to prepare for a major Dance Performance, and Paige and her best friend are asked to choreograph a routine for younger students. Unfortunately they don't communicate well and the friendship shows signs of fracture in a 'Studio showdown'.
This book will be enjoyed by girls aged 9+. Book 1 in the series has the girls as 10 year olds, but by this book (#8) we are beginning to see them express romantic interests. The resolution of issues amongst friends is gentle and unsophisticated.
A brief explanation at the end of the book describes the Dance style - Jive.
Carolyn Hull

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