Leaping at Shadows
From the Series The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance
Madeleine’s the newest arrival at the famed Dario Quincy Academy of Dance. She’s worked hard to gain admission, and she’s determined not to lose her scholarship. That means not asking too many questions when her antique necklace goes missing, and certainly not breaking curfew. So how does she find herself exploring the creepy tunnels that run underneath the school?
As if rivals at dance practice weren’t bad enough, Madeleine begins to suspect that there’s an ancient evil on the academy grounds. And when Madeleine and her rivals join together, sneaking out at night to explore the school’s depths, the evil might just follow them back upstairs.
|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||4.5|
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“Atwood uses a light touch to create pleasant characters and a suspenseful premise, never letting the sinister notes weigh too heavily on the proceedings.” —Publishers Weekly
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.