From the Series The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance
Kayley’s had a run of bad luck. She’d been struggling at dance practice for a while, and then her instructor decided to give Kayley’s next role to another girl. Even so, Kayley isn’t ready to bow out. She has a plan.
The old ballet shoes on display at Dario Quincy Academy have a legend behind them. They’re supposed to give anyone who owns them good fortune. But when Kayley steals the vintage slippers, she doesn’t just turn her dancing around. She starts to see her friends get hurt. Will she return the shoes before something truly tragic strikes the academy? Or is it already too late?
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, High/Low, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Darby Creek ™|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.7|
- YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
“[This] book will find an audience among reluctant readers attracted by the setting and the supernatural edge of the Dario Quincy Academy of Dance series.” —Booklist Online
School Library Journal
“The competent writing is suitable to the genre and will appeal to older reluctant readers….The dance terms and ballet-centric subplots give the series special appeal to balletomanes, but they don’t so overwhelm the story lines that they will restrict the audience.” —School Library Journal
Author: Megan Atwood
Megan Atwood lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches creative writing at a local college and the Loft Literary Center. She has an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults.