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ALPHABET CITY BALLET
New York : HarperTrophy, 1997.
IL 5-8, RL 5.9
Marisol has never even thought of herself as a dancer until the day the
teacher tells her class that two students from her school will be given
scholarships to the Manhattan Ballet School. Now, suddenly, it’s something
she wants terribly. She makes it through the hurdle of first tryouts,
then second tryouts, and finally, when the winners are announced, she is
one of them. She flies home to tell Papi and Luis, but they have
bad news for her. The classes are all the way downtown at Lincoln
Center, much too far and too dangerous a trip for her to make alone.
Their jobs prevent them from accompanying her, and they can't afford to
take the time off. When it looks like Marisol’s dream will end before
it even begins, she and the other winner, Desiree, find ways to help each
other, and they both begin classes. Ballet’s hard work that requires
lots of training for your muscles, but Marisol loves it. Just when
things seem to be working out, Desiree’s family gets moved from the homeless
shelter they're in to a better one. Marisol is happy for them --
until she discovers that the move means that Desiree’s mother can no longer
take her to ballet classes. How much will Marisol sacrifice to keep
her dream alive? Find out in Alphabet City Ballet. (Mary Lou
East Aiken Elementary School, Aiken, SC)
Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Ballet dancing -- Fiction.
Puerto Ricans -- New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
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