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Simone has been raised as a dancer, but she hates performing. Hannah loves nothing more than dance, but her parents see it as just a hobby. When the two girls meet for the first time at age fifteen, they choreograph a plan to switch places and change the role that dance plays in their lives. Yet fooling their friends and family is more challenging than either girl expected. And when someone threatens to reveal the truth, it could cost the sisters everything. In this clever twist on the twin-swap story, Robyn Bavati delivers a poignant tale about changing your fate--one step at a time. Praise for Robyn Bavati's Dancing in the Dark: "An excellent debut novel."--School Library Journal ." . . teens from all backgrounds will recognize the family conflicts and the pull of a forbidden passion."--Booklist
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 293 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 22.86mm | 294.84g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0738734810
  • 9780738734811
  • 232,973

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"An excellent debut novel." --School Library Journal
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About Robyn Bavati

Robyn Bavati (Melbourne, Australia) never did become a professional dancer, but she's thrilled to have fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer. Dancing in the Dark is her first novel.
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251 ratings
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Pirouette is a delightful story about twins, separated at birth, finding their way back to each other as teenagers. The story is engaging and well-rounded, and skilfully written. A fun page-turner for young girls.show more
by Ella Grynberg
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux and Netgalley.) Identical twins Hannah and Simone were split up when they were adopted by different families from a Brazilian orphanage, but thanks to a nurse at the orphanage both ended up in Melbourne Australia. Now 15-years-old, both girls have a gift for dance, but while Simone attends an exclusive dance academy, Hannah has only been allowed to dance part-time as a hobby. When they meet at a dance summer camp, they can't quite believe what they immediately know is true - that they are identical twins. Simone wants something more from her life though, whilst for Hannah it is all about the dance, and so they decide to switch lives. After dance camp Hannah goes home to Simone's mother and goes to Simone's dance school, while Simone goes home to Hannah's family, and goes to her regular high school. How long can the girls keep up the pretence though? When will they get found out? And can Hannah ever be as good of a dancer as Simone? This was an okay story of identical twins who were split up, but found their way back to each other through dance. Simone and Hannah were quite different characters. Simone was more reserved, and had ambitions other than dance, whilst Hannah loved the spotlight and wanted a career in dance. I was surprised that when they swapped lives people didn't realise that something was going on, as I can't imagine pretending to be someone else is very easy. I felt quite sorry for Simone whose mother pushed her a lot, and I also felt sorry for Hannah, who felt that she didn't have the opportunity to do what she really wanted to do. Switching lives seemed like quite a drastic option though! The storyline in this book was okay, and I liked how the two girls found each other, although it was very reminiscent of the film 'The Parent Trap'. The author did comment on this in the book though which was good! I wasn't sure that the girls could really get away with switching lives, and they did run into some problems, but things did seem to be relatively easy for them, which I wasn't sure was really very realistic. I thought the ending was okay, although again, I was surprised that there weren't more fireworks, I honestly believe that my mother would never forgive me if I tried to pull something like that, but Simone and Hannah seemed to get away quite lightly really. I was pleased that there was a happy ending though! Overall; an okay story about twins discovering each other through dance. 6.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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