Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Description: Ballet and baking pies – these are two of twelve year old Georgie Harris’ favorite things. When her parents decide to move closer to her grandmother’s nursing home, Georgie quickly learns the bad news: dance lessons are too expensive in this new town.
Instead, Georgie spends most of her time baking pies to bring to her grandmother at the Willow Lakes Nursing Home. There she meets Eve, who inspires Georgie with stories of having danced with a world famous Russian ballerina many years ago.
As Georgie and Eve’s friendship evolves, their tales intertwine in this feel good story showing dreams really can come true.
“My mom says you can come this weekend if you want … you know, for a visit. Do you think you can?”
“That would be so cool!” Amber yells into the phone at full blast.
I seriously wish she would warn me before she does that.
“I know!” I yell back equally as loud. It’s only fair, right?
“I’ll ask my mom when she gets home. Can I let you know tomorrow? She should be here in a few minutes to take me to dance class.”
“Call me tomorrow as soon as you can. Speaking of dance, how’s it going?”
“Oh, you know, it’s not all that. Those pointe shoes kill my toes, and Miss Helene has just been so tough on us. She doesn’t even let us take a break to get water.”
I smile. “Thanks ... but we both know Miss Helene doesn’t have a mean bone in her. So really, how are classes going this year? It’s okay, you can tell me the truth. Hearing about it is the closest thing I’ve got to actually doing it.”
“Well, if you’re sure you really want to know—”
“Georgie! Come on!” Brandon yells. “Let someone else have a turn!”
“In. A. Minute!” Ugh, brothers. “I do! I really want to know,” I plead to Amber. “Spill it … quickly.”
“Okay, but I’m only telling you this because you’re making me.” Amber hesitates before continuing and then starts talking super fast. “Dancing on pointe is incredible. At first I felt really clunky, and yes, the shoes do hurt a bit, but after a while you get used to them. Georgie, I’m telling you, I feel like a real ballerina. I can do all kinds of moves that I was never able to do before. Being on pointe makes ballet that much greater. Sometimes I close my eyes and pretend I’m on stage – just like Paulina.”
I wipe a single tear as it rolls down my face. I’ve just got to find a way to make some money.
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About the author:
Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children’s Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as winning first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature, and placing Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. Her books for children include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adults, she recently published Chasing Invisible. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.
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