Tiny Dancer
Tiny Dancer
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Annotation: Suffering from the injuries and doubt that are taking a toll on her body, teenage ballerina Siena must look beyond the world of dance to figure out who she is without the thing that defines her and what comes next for her life.
Catalog Number: #299774
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Siegel, Mark,
Pages: 257 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-48667-5 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0071-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-48667-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0071-4
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2020035007
Dimensions: 23 cm
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
An exploration of one girl’s changing relationship with ballet.Fans of the author’s 2006 graphic memoir, To Dance, will enjoy revisiting her life. As a girl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1974, Siena began taking ballet classes, reveling in the strength and freedom she found in the art form. Eventually, she auditioned for a spot at the School of American Ballet and began training in New York City, where she made friends, relished the opportunity to immerse herself in ballet, and dreamed of dancing for the New York City Ballet. But as Siena grew older, her attitude toward ballet was no longer so uncomplicated, straining her relationships with her friends and her mother, who was embroiled in her parents’ bitter divorce, and causing her to question what her future would really hold. Through straightforward prose and narration, this work shows many of the highs and lows of ballet. While the narrative never veers into the melodramatic, it nevertheless portrays the complicated feelings that come with early dedication to this craft, including issues with body image, injury, and more. Small moments, such as mastering a step—but only on one side of the body—ring especially true. Evocative, purple-toned illustrations bring to life both the dynamism of ballet and the fearful images lurking within Siena’s head. Siena’s father came from Cuba; her mother’s ethnicity is not specified.An understated and utterly believable account of a personal and creative journey. (Graphic memoir. 12-18)
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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12

A teenage ballet dancer struggles to find her next step, and her place in the world, in this exquisite graphic memoir—a follow-up to the Sibert Honor–winning To Dance.

All her life, Siena has dreamed of being a ballerina. Her love of movement and dedication to the craft earned her a spot at the School of American Ballet, with hopes of becoming a member of George Balanchine’s world-famous New York City Ballet company. Siena has worked hard for many years to be a professional ballet dancer, but injury and doubt are starting to take their toll.

Maybe it’s time to look beyond the world of dance—but Siena’s whole identity has been shaped by ballet. When you have spent your entire life working toward something, how do you figure out what comes next? And how do you figure out who you are without the thing that defined you? This is a moving and beautifully drawn memoir of a dancer struggling to find her next step—and a young woman finding her true footing in the world.

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