Marie, Dancing

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Harcourt, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 260 pages
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Marie van Goethem, a fourteen-year-old ballet dancer in the famed Paris Opéra, has led a life of hardship and poverty. For her, dancing is the only joy to counter the pain inflicted by hunger, her mother's drinking, and her selfish older sister. But when famed artist Edgar Degas demands Marie's presence in his studio, it appears that her life will be transformed: He will pay her to pose for a new sculpture, and he promises to make her a star.

As Marie patiently stands before Mr. Degas each week, she dreams about supporting her family without being corrupted like most young dancers. She dreams about a life as a ballerina on the stage of the Opéra. And she dreams about being with her true love.

In this deeply moving, historically based account, Carolyn Meyer examines the life of the model for Edgar Degas's most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

Includes an author's note.

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User Review  - Kristina Sponseller - Goodreads

A young girl named Marie lives in Paris during the 1800s, she dreams of being a dancer but she lives in poverty with a drunken mother. The only thing that really brings her joy is dancing. This a very good read and I would definitely recommend it. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

CAROLYN MEYERis the award-winning author of more than forty books for young people, includingWhite LilacsandMary, Bloody Mary. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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