Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Whelan, Gloria.
New York : HarperCollins, 2006.
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 0060755946
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Before the Soviet Union collapsed, it was very difficult for citizens to leave the country if they wanted to settle elsewhere.  But many wanted to.  Life was hard and there were few freedoms offered to those who lived under the Communist government.  Tanya is a young dancer in the Kirov Ballet and is contemplating defecting when the company tours France.  This is a dangerous thing to attempt and Tanya must decide if she is up to this.  At the same time, changes are happening in the country.  It is 1991 and the Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse.
SUBJECTS:     Soviet Union -- History -- Attempted coup, 1991 -- Fiction.
                        Kirov Ballet Company -- Fiction.
                        Defectors -- Fiction.
                        Ballet dancing -- Fiction.
                        Conduct of life -- Fiction.
                        Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
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