[OZTL_NET] REVIEW: Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break In (Yr 2+)

Barbara Braxton barbara.288 at bigpond.com
Tue Feb 10 06:19:31 AEDT 2015

Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break In

Jacqueline Harvey

Random House, 2015

pbk., 160pp., RRP $A12.00



Just in time to delight all her fans at the start of the school year is the
latest adventure of Clementine Rose, who is so like the readers she so appeals
to.    This time, with her ballet lessons having finally begun, Clementine's
dance class has been invited to perform at the reopening of the village hall.
And like so many young girls, she discovers that ballet is not all about tutus
and dancing elegantly en pointe.  In addition to those issues, there's trouble
between Angus and Joshua when Joshua discovers Angus is involved in the ballet
and thinks he is a sissy-pants.  An incident occurs in a soccer game that might
put the whole performance in jeopardy.


Miss 8 Loves this series and disappeared for a couple of hours with this one in
hand, devouring it in one read!  Like many girls of her age she dreams of being
a ballerina but she also likes the realism of the stories too.  As one who has
been involved in "boy-sports" since she was little, she relates to Angus's
dilemma although she was bewildered that these gender divides still exist.  This
sparked a lot of discussion and shows that this series has a lot of substance in
the storylines. 


If you don't yet have this series in your collection, then its addition would
make you a hero of all those who are just emerging as independent readers still
requiring the supports that early 'chapter books' offer but who want realistic,
relatable characters and a sound, engrossing storyline.  There are some notes
and activities at
http://www.randomhouse.com.au/content/teachers/clementinerose.pdf that suggest a
Clementine Rose literary lunch to me!



Barbara Braxton

Teacher Librarian

M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children's Services) 

Dromkeen Librarian's Award 2003



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