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"Ballerina" is the story of two dancers. One, Stephanie Lang, who grew up dancing. Her mother, Anna is a former dancer whose one goal in life is to see her daughter achieve what she was never able to: to be a ballerina in a famous company like American Ballet Theatre.
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The second, Christine Avery, whose mother is staunchly opposed to seeing her daughter enter this field of work. Christine's family is rich and does not consider dance a worthwhile profession. Christine has a medical condition called Petersen's Syndrome and is dying. Her one dream is to be a ballerina.

Together, Anna, Christine and Stephanie join forces in New York where the two girls embark on their journey to try to make it in the demanding and cut throat world of dance.   
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Life of a profession:    -   dancer Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   dying Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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