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Thursday's Children

Thursday's Children
 

A novel telling the story of Doone Penny and his fight to use his gift of dancing against mounting opposition.

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ISBN 9780174324676
Published 15 January 1996 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
Alternate Format(s) View All (3 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Godden, Rumer
Series M Books
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ISBN-13 9780174324676
ISBN-10 0174324677
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 15 January 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Godden, Rumer
Series M Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
English Language Readers
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Height: 200mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 428.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

A novel telling the story of Doone Penny and his fight to use his gift of dancing against mounting opposition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review A sentimental sugarplum about gifted dancing lad Doone Penny, who's so relentlessly adorable that one would like to clout him with a weighted ballet shoe (as does spiteful sister Crystal, also in training for the dance). At first, however, little Doone, neglected child of greengrocer William and former choline Maud, slowly discovers his need to dance within the shadow of sister Crystal, Maud's spoiled darling - who begins her career at the seedy, loose ballet-school of aged Madame Tamara. So six-year-old Doone, still grieving over the loss of shop assistant Beppo (Maud fired him), a crippled former acrobat who taught him to tumble, is allowed to follow Crystal to class and carry her shoes. At Madame T.'s, he sops up some dance know-how, becoming friendly with ill pianist Mr. Felix - who'll eventually give him lessons. And then, while Crystal shows mild promise (more show than basics), Doone, filling in for an absent girl in an audition, is a small sensation: he becomes increasingly noticed, particularly at Crystal's new school (conducted by a principal of Her Majesty's Ballet Company); Crystal, attracted only by ballet glamour, loses interest - except for a crush on gorgeous dance-great Yuri Koszorz. So finally, while Crystal's into scrapes and tantrums, little Doone plods on, his eyes filling with tears at intervals - surviving Crystal's sabotage stunts to triumph on the telly and in a solo for Yuri and the Lady (a real-life dance great). Goopy treacle overall - with neither the substance of Godden's better fiction nor the charming, realistic dance-drama of Julie L'Enfant's The Dancers of Sycamore Street (1983). (Kirkus Reviews)

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