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Thursday's Children

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  • Thursday's Children 
    Title: Thursday's Children
    Author: GODDEN RUMER
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 09/04/2013
    Imprint: VIRAGO
    Price: $20.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Doone Penny is a child with a gift - he was born to dance. But though others recognise his talent, there is little encouragement from his family. His mother preens over his pretty sister, Crystal, also a dancer, but fiercely competitive and vain. Doone's father would never allow a son of his to have ballet lessons, and his brothers think he's a sissy. But Doone has passion and ambition beyond his years, and knows he can succeed, if only he is given the chance. If he can make it into Queen's Chase, Her Majesty's Junior Ballet School, he'll show them all ...

    Gleebooks review:
    There’s nothing shiny or fluffy about this ballet book by Rumer Godden - I don’t think I’ve read a book that unmasks naked emotion and raw sibling feelings as succinctly as this book published in 1984. Children’s books about performing were hugely popular from post WW2 Britain; Noel Streatfeild, Pamela Brown and Rumer Godden often wrote about the ballet and theatre, and Thursday’s Children ostensibly harks back to that time. What is startling about this book is the succinct way the author describes searing ambition, and its effect on gifted children and their families. Crystal and Doone are sister and brother, both destined for the world of ballet and dance, but only one of them has been encouraged by the family. Rumer Godden’s observations are acute, and not always comfortable, making this much more of a YA novel than the age of the central characters, and its cover suggest. A big thank you to Janice for recommending this book to me, I loved it. For 11-adult. Louise

    Series: Queen's Chase
    ISBN: 9781844088485
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