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Contributor(s): Draper, Sharon M.

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ISBN: 1442408979     ISBN-13: 9781442408975
Publisher: Atheneum
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 2014
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Annotation: As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of Peter Pan, the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dance; Fiction.
Kidnapping; Fiction.
Sexual abuse; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2014012093
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.52 lbs) 262 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 159214
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q59240
Reading Level: 4.4   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 14.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Is Jasper Rabbit losing his mind? Or are the carrots from Crackenhopper Field--where he gorges daily--really "coming for him!"? No one else sees them, but Jasper knows they're there; he can hear "the soft...sinister...[cf2]tunktunktunk[cf1] of carrots creeping." Brown's dynamic illustrations, all in gray-scale except for the orange sentient carrots, take full advantage of the goofy story's mock horror.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
What starts out as an ordinary dance-troupe novel quickly devolves into a milange of social problems and crises, as aspiring movie star Diamond is abducted and used for Internet pornography while her dancer friends at home deal with other concerns. The narrative stakes feel unbalanced here, and the sheer number of characters may overwhelm readers.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 March #4)

A tumultuous week in the lives of students at the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy is told through a variety of viewpoints. Justin, the academy's principal male dancer, must continually defend himself against homophobic taunts while he pines for Layla, whose low self-esteem keeps her locked in an abusive relationship. Zizi is an airhead, and Mercedes lives under the thumb of her oppressively rigid mother. Then there is Diamond, who goes to the mall for dance tights and leaves with a handsome older man who has promised her a film audition. As readers will likely predict, the film Thane is making will not be rated G. Diamond is drugged, tied to a bed, and raped repeatedly in the presence of some burly cameramen, who post the film online and rake in money. Diamond's chapters are brutal but, perhaps mercifully, they are few and far between; the story sidetracks frequently to other characters' less urgent dramas. Draper writes about the lives of teenagers with authority and believable dialogue, but the juxtaposition of banal moments with Diamond's nightmare makes the sexual violence feel uncomfortably trivialized. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

A tumultuous week in the lives of students at the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy is told through a variety of viewpoints. Justin, the academy's principal male dancer, must continually defend himself against homophobic taunts while he pines for Layla, whose low self-esteem keeps her locked in an abusive relationship. Zizi is an airhead, and Mercedes lives under the thumb of her oppressively rigid mother. Then there is Diamond, who goes to the mall for dance tights and leaves with a handsome older man who has promised her a film audition. As readers will likely predict, the film Thane is making will not be rated G. Diamond is drugged, tied to a bed, and raped repeatedly in the presence of some burly cameramen, who post the film online and rake in money. Diamond's chapters are brutal but, perhaps mercifully, they are few and far between; the story sidetracks frequently to other characters' less urgent dramas. Draper writes about the lives of teenagers with authority and believable dialogue, but the juxtaposition of banal moments with Diamond's nightmare makes the sexual violence feel uncomfortably trivialized. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 May)

Gr 9 Up—Draper has created a nurturing setting for her characters in the Crystal Pointe Dance Academy where students have been dancing and working together for years. Miss Ginger, their instructor, provides support and challenge in endeavors like the spring showcase or the upcoming production of Peter Pan. Diamond, 15, is swept off her feet by a stranger's promise of an audition for a movie when he finds her alone at the mall. Her BFF, Mercedes, gets a cryptic text before they are to meet at the food court to go to the academy for a performance. Through drugs and restraints, villainous Thane and his henchmen cameramen, as well as other paying participants, abuse Diamond as the unwilling star in Internet pornography for days. Meanwhile, with only intermittent plot coverage of Diamond's ordeal, the dance academy and school hold vigils and worry about their classmate. Most chapters actually deal with Layla: she doesn't acknowledge fellow dancer Justin's crush because she is more concerned about boyfriend, Donny, who gets dangerous and abuses her when he feels jealous or insecure. Layla suffers from some bad judgment, a mostly absentee mother, and the challenge of her father being released after six years in prison. This realistic novel takes on too many characters and plotlines, and the scattershot approach may leave readers less engaged and invested. Dance enthusiasts should enjoy the depictions of costumes, jitters, daunting roles, and therapeutic workouts. However, multiple issues-bullying, kidnapping, sexual enslavement by a predator-pedophile, abusive teen relationships, and sexting-result in hot-button overload.—Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA

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