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Summary: Mataya "Mattie" Black Hawk loves dancing. Music, more than anything else, helps her deal with the scars of her childhood. In her effort to land a spot as a regular on a local teen dance show, she gets more than she bargained for. This is a mystery adventure for young adults.
Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 10 to 13; read yourself: 13 and up
Interest Level: 10 and up
Age of Child: Read by student at the Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)
Young Reader Reaction: This book is a great mystery and love story. This would be a great read for high school girls: it is a mystery and a love story, so they get the best of both worlds. I picked the book because of the description on the back made it look interesting. I couldn't put it down, and I want to read it again. It was really entertaining.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun, fast read (even if you're not a teen anymore). It's a nice follow-on to Secrets and Kisses.
Pros: The plot moves quickly, with the right balance of character development and action. Student reviewer: I liked the element of mystery; it was really exciting.
Cons: None. Although you don't need to read Secrets and Kisses first, you may want to so you can understand references to the characters in that story. Student reviewer: It was over too fast.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. It's a great book story for the money.
Educational Themes: Although principally just a fictional novel, teens trying to come to grips with "family secrets" may find a kindred spirit in Mattie.
Literary Categories: Fiction - young adult series, mystery, school
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2005, June 2008, June 2014
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