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[From the inside flap:] BONNIE Parker--She was one of the quiet ones in her former school. Not one of the "popular" girls. But here in Grove City everything would be different. STEVE Olson--The best athlete and the most popular boy in school, tall blond Steve becomes very much a part of Bonnie's dreams. TONI Reo--With a smile like a toothpaste ad, beautiful figure, and lots of money, Toni does her best to see that Steve remains simply a dream for Bonnie. KAY Fogel--Chubby and full of fun, Kay proves a loyal friend in her effort to help Bonnie come out of her shell. DENNIS Miles--Known in school for his accordion playing and jazz band, Dennis' one-track mind about music makes Kay wonder if she will ever be anything to him but just a "next-door neighbor.
Bonnie Schuyler let herself be talked into joining the Candy Stripers. As a junior aide at the Medical Center, she lightened the heavy work load each regular nurse had. But she sometimes wondered why she was there--she didn't plan to be a nurse; it was hard work; she didn't especially like helping other people. One day she met David, a technician who was interested in a hospital career. Somehow he made her feel rather special and very grown-up.
Susie just turned six. What exciting thing can Susie do now? Susie is determined to succeed in her ballet class.
Through the mist before her eyes Maggie saw Kirk Sherwood, the only boy she had dated in high school. He had said good-bye the night before, not wanting to intrude on the last-minute family farewells. Maggie suddenly realized that never again --no matter what happened --even if she flopped dismally in her dancing career--would anything be the same for her in Spring Valley. She stared at the concrete ribbon of highway spinning out ahead, beckoning them toward New York.
"I've waited three whole years for these pink toe shoes!" No wonder Susie is excited. At last she is to dance on her toes! Surely this will be her happiest year at ballet school. Perhaps she will even win the dance scholarship! Then the new girl comes--unpleasant Mimi who is such a fine dancer. Because of Mimi and her pet monkey, everything seems to go wrong for Susie. Especially when Susie sprains her ankle--just before the big recital. There is a surprise ending to this delightful story. It proves that nothing can stop a girl who wants to dance as much as Susie does.
The Exotic World of The Dance... For seven years Maggie Jones has dedicated herself to the dance, dreaming of the day when she'll be Magda Jonescu, prima ballerina. She must prove herself not only to her generous Aunt Jo, who has paid for the lessons and sent fabulous gifts from exotic places, but also to her doubting family. Neither Maggie's father, who is allergic to her feathery costumes, nor her younger brother, who thinks dancing is for sissies, can understand the forces which drive Maggie to practice for hours on end. On Maggie struggles, assailed by doubts, but sustained by her dreams and a yellowed ballet slipper--kept under glass--in which Pavlova danced The Swan. Success comes to Maggie in a strange, unbelievable way and, faced with a golden opportunity, she must learn how to compromise reality with her dreams.
Vacation at the shore! An intriguing beach house called The Crow's Nest! Cats, kittens and a delightful dancing family await the reader of this third book about Susie Peters. A children's performance of The Nutcracker ballet climaxes a perfect summer for Susie.
Ballet student Susie wins a scholarship to a summer dance camp, but she becomes homesick. What helps is her friendship with Ballerina the Lipizzaner, and her owner, the Captain, who has forbidden campers near his property. Can she help the Captain enjoy the campers again?
No sooner had A DANCE FOR SUSIE appeared in print than letters began to arrive from mothers of young, would-be ballerinas, asking for more stories about Susie, so SUSIE AND THE DANCING CAT is pleasurably presented! The heroine is older in this follow-up yet independent story, nine, and working hard at her ballet lessons so that she can graduate into the precious pink toe shoes, the dream of every youthful dancer. How Susie achieves this end, performs in various recitals, and persuades her dancing teacher--and her doubting poodle--to adopt a stray cat, make a delightful pictured story. Here again is authentic dance school background, plus amusing situations in and out of which Susie constantly finds herself, some gentle advice on animal care, and, for parents, another helpful note, this time touching on the all-important subject of the purchasing of properly fitting toe shoes--information that will be warmly welcomed by all parents of dancing daughters--and sons. Once more the noted artist-illustrator, Jane Miller, has provided many agile and engaging drawings.
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