Silver Shoes  – Samantha-Ellen Bound

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Silver Shoes 1: All that Jazz

ISBN: 9780857982827

Published: 02/01/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 144 pages

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Silver Shoes 2: Hit the Streets

ISBN: 9780857982841

Published: 02/01/2015

Imprint: Random House Australia Children’s

Extent: 144 pages

According to statistics dancing is the second most popular sport in Australia and for the young girls who have a passion for it; this is a brand new series they will love.

These are not ‘ballet’ books. The characters in this dancing school are hip-hoppers and jazz dancers completely rapt with all that goes with performing.

In the first book we meet Ellie Irvin, ten years old who loves all kind of dancing and she’s tried them all but her true devotion is to jazz. When her dance teacher announces she will be auditioning students for a special performance troupe, Ellie is wild with excitement. But of course, there are always problems – firstly, she’s not very good at auditions and then there is her competition including a new student to Silver Shoes. No dance school would be complete without it’s dramas but happily there is a very satisfactory resolution for Ellie.

The second book focuses on new student Ashley, whose family are having financial problems which in turn threatens to curtail her dancing. How will she achieve her dreams of being a star performer and selected as the new face for the Danceworks range when she can’t even have new shoes? It’s a relief to find out that a when she goes to hip hop classes – her favourite style – there are a lot of other students without shoes.

Although there many boys who dance, including some in the books, these are pitched squarely at girls who will enjoy not only the dancing but the rivalries and interactions between all the students from Silver Shoes and their competitors.

Each book also contains a glossary of dance terms and a ‘how to’ for a dance move – spread out the furniture to leave some room for practice!

Recommended for readers aged around 8/9 years up. Two further volumes will be released in March so a good opportunity for those readers who love series reading!

S!

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