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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Marie, Dancing is a novel about Marie van Goethem, who is the model of Edgar Degas's sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. Marie is a dancer at the Paris opera. She hopes one day to be the star ... Read full review

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Wow. That is what I thought of this book. Jut wow. I t wasn't a book I would read on normal day but dang was this book good. It had so many different elements to it that just make it so interesting. I ... 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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