The Midnight Dance

The Midnight Dance

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Set against the fascinating and moody backdrop of a mysterious boarding school, this intricately crafted novel is filled with magical realism, gothic settings, and the perfect hint of romance.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep in the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master, who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate - and in the only life Penny has ever known.

But when flashes of memories - memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she's been leading - start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grande Teatro and the motivations of Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must uncover the secrets of her past before it's too late.

Debut author Nikki Katz delivers a unique and haunting twist on a classic fairy tale with The Midnight Dance, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for The Midnight Dance

"Deliciously dark and twisty, taking you on a luscious ride."--Suzanne Lazear, author of the Aether Chronicles series

"Well-written and charming." --Jennifer McKenzie, reader on

"A beautifully written story." --Chen Yan Chang, reader on
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 145 x 218 x 28mm | 400g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250123712
  • 9781250123718
  • 838,836

Review quote

"A dark adventure, stunningly written!" --Jay Asher, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why

"Deliciously dark and twisty, taking you on a luscious ride." --Suzanne Lazear, author of the Aether Chronicles series

"The Midnight Dance has a Gothic, Jane Eyre weightiness to it that also calls to mind The Twelve Dancing Princesses. ... Fast paced and compelling." --Cracking the Cover

"Haunting and mysterious, yet swoony and seductive. ... If you like historical fiction novels with romance and some slightly creepy sci-fi elements, check out this book!" --The Eater of Books

Praise for The Midnight Dance, from the Swoon Reads community:

"This is such a fun, well written twisted story... The writing is superb. I love the premise and the Gothic feel to it." --Angie Taylor, reader on

"So imaginative and unique! This was a joy to read." --Anna S., reader on

"Well-written and charming with cheeky bits of humor that will engage any fairytale lover." --Jennifer McKenzie, reader on

"A beautifully written story." --Chen Yan Chang, reader on
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About Nikki Katz

NIKKI KATZ is a recovering rocket scientist, author, editor, and freelance writer who lives with her three children in the perfection that is San Diego. Favorite activities include chauffeuring her kids around town, reading fantasy and sci-fi, baking unhealthy desserts, watching reality TV, and scrolling social media feeds. She is the author of the young adult novel, The Midnight Dance, as well as four nonfiction books in the puzzle and game arena. The King's Questioner is her second novel.
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Rating details

908 ratings
3.19 out of 5 stars
5 15% (135)
4 26% (232)
3 32% (288)
2 19% (177)
1 8% (76)
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