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Publisher's Note:

When their mother dies, leaving them orphaned, Rachel and Hilary are sent to live with their aunt, who runs a troupe of dancing girls -'Mrs Wintle's Little Wonders'. Hilary, a talented dancer, settles there immediately and loves the chance to dance every day. Rachel finds it more difficult to fit in. She's also got another worry on her mind. Her mother's dying wish was for Hilary to attend the Royal Ballet School. But Hilary seems to have other ideas!…

Dancing Shoes

by Noel Streatfeild

Overall Book Review:

Charming! Orphans, a mean aunt, a snobbish cousin, a kindly uncle–Dancing Shoes has all those good old-fashioned elements that make for timeless children books.  Author Noel Streatfeild does a fabulous job in creating distinct characters–both adult and child.  There is plenty of girl drama in the all-girl dance school in which the novel is set.  There are also some positive themes about sisterly love, loyalty, and making your own choices, but the author is wise enough to keep a light touch in this department.

Dancing Shoes is part of a series written in the late 1950’s.  Each book in the series is independent from the other, but is set in different performing art venues.  The classic feel of the novel stands up well to the test of time and should delight young girls who enjoy dancing and the arts.  A perfect series to discover or re-discover.

Note:  The audio version of this book is quite delightful!

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A child slaps another child; report of deaths by accident and natural causes.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a parent

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!