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Ballet Bullies
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Jake Maddox

Ballet Bullies

by Jake Maddox
Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning

Marissa has always loved dancing. But lately, she feels clumsy and awkward when she dances, and she feels bigger and taller than the other girls. She doesn't even bother trying out for the Rose Fairy ballet. But someone else thinks Marissa has what it takes to play the Rose Fairy!

GenreSports Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level490L
ATOS Level3.6
AR Points1
AR Quiz #130545
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandJake Maddox
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Page Count72
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $23.99 School/Library Price
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Chapter Book of the Day Blog - Anastasia Suen

"Booktalk: Marissa loved dancing, but when she grew taller than the other girls, they started to tease her. Snippet: Marissa sighed. “I just feel weird putting on the leotard and dancing in front of everyone. I feel like the other girls are staring at me,” she admitted." - Chapter Book of the Day Blog

February 18, 2011

Ms. Yingling Reads blog - Ms. Yingling

"Marissa loves to dance and has always been good at it, but when she returns to classes after the summer, she is uncomfortable because she has gotten taller and "bigger" than all the other girls. When she is chosen for the lead role, she is worried because two other girls are making fun of her size, and she is afraid to wear the costume because it will make her look bigger.   Strengths: Girls certainly are self-conscious about their appearance, so this rings true. I love that Marissa is clearly African-American, but nothing is mentioned about this fact in the text.   Weaknesses: The resolution is a little too weak and tidy. Also, while the great Tuesday Mourning illustrations show Marissa as tall, she certainly doesn't look very "big" to me. I would have liked to have seen her as heavier." - Ms. Yingling Reads blog

August 25, 2011