TO DANCE, A BALLERINA’S GRAPHIC NOVEL, by Siena Cherson Siegel
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Interest Level: All Ages
I was so happy to see a graphic novel win as a Sibert Honor book—and I’m very happy to add this particular book to my library’s collection. I have a feeling it will not spend a lot of time collecting dust on the shelves. My fourth grade daughter actually read it before I did, and after reading it, she went further to research the School of American Ballet. The book tells the story of Siena’s beginnings, and then her twelve year course of study at the school, where she danced with many famous principal dancers. The graphic novel format makes it easier for the reader to really grasp the words that are written—I think this book is going to be gobbled up by reluctant readers. It also touches on the pain of divorce, and how she used dance as a means of escape—I think many kids will be able to relate.