Friday, October 30, 2009

Freaky Friday :|: 35

Title: Dying to Dance
Author: Nicole Davidson
Published: May 1996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 192
The dance world evokes lovely images of grace, balance and beautiful movement, but not for Carrie Clark. the aspiring dancer finds herself the prime suspect in a murder case after her arch rival, who stole her dancing partner, is found dead. (from
Editorial Review:
A fast-paced, well-written page-turner. Carrie, a competitor on the ballroom-dance circuit, finds herself suspected by everyone; her brother, her closest friends, and the police, of murdering Miranda, an unscrupulous rival. Carrie is trapped in a net of circumstantial evidence, stolen CDs, and her partner's defection and eventual disappearance. Forged paintings, blackmail, bloodstains, class rings, and a loyal boyfriend smooth the young woman's progress in her own investigation and on the dance floor. This one offers what YAs crave: a plucky heroine, a lively mystery, snappy style, satisfying ending, and budding romance. Buy it, and give it a solid B+ for the genre.Doris A. Fong, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, OR (from School Library Journal on
Well at least the premise, or what the premise is mired in, sounds original enough. There are a lot of dance books out there but not too many about ballroom dancing involving teens. Pretty interesting. The storyline isn't one for the books but this one has potential, especially considering the review. You never know.


Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D

Never heard of this one, Donna - but thank you for the Freaky Friday :)Maybe I can find this one to read.

Sure wish we had a big, fat yummy used book-store nearby ... sigh ... just about all I can find around BFE are moldy copies of 101 Ways to Poach An Egg & The Unabridged Life and Times of Christ ~ :P Please Shoot Me!

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

This one seems interesting! You're right, ballroom dancing is pretty rare :)

Lauren said...

I've never heard of this one, but the cover reminds me of the Point Horror and Fear Street books I used to be obsessed with, and that can only be a good thing. Definitely interesting.

Donna said...

I think Davidson did write for Point Horror, if I'm not mistaken. At least one of her books is from that series. I think, anyway.

Donna said...

And online book stores are awesome for scrounging old copies of books!

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