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Stolen Luck
ISBN: 9781467714846
Author: Atwood, Megan
Publisher: Darby Creek Pub
Published: August 2013
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Kayley's had a run of bad luck. She'd been struggling at dance practice for a while, and then her instructor decided to give Kayley's next role to another girl. Even so, Kayley isn't ready to bow out. She has a plan.

The old ballet shoes on display at Dario Quincy Academy have a legend behind them. They're supposed to give anyone who owns them good fortune. But when Kayley steals the vintage slippers, she doesn't just turn her dancing around. She starts to see her friends get hurt. Will she return the shoes before something truly tragic strikes the academy? Or is it already too late?


Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Horror & Ghost Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dance; Fiction.
Haunted places; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2012048710
Lexile Measure: 640
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: The Dario Quincy Academy of Dance
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, High School, Fantasy, Art/Music
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Five teenage girls investigate eerie occurrences at their prestigious-but-creepy ballet academy. Students' family heirlooms disappear and the friends discover teachers performing a ritual with them (Shadows). Kayley steals a pair of pointe shoes said to grant good luck--but as her dancing improves, her friends get inexplicably injured (Luck). Aimed at reluctant readers, these novels are entertaining if not especially original or characterful. [Review covers these Dario Quincy Academy of Dance titles: Leaping at Shadows and Stolen Luck.]
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 August)

Gr 6-10—Set in an elite residential ballet school, these stories focus on five students and their friendships, their classes, and the mysteries they encounter in the haunted old building. In the first book, teachers are caught holding cultlike rituals to ward off a curse on the school; in book two, one of the dancers, in a slump, steals a pair of antique pointe shoes from a display case in hopes of improving her luck, but she fears, instead, that she has put a curse on her friends. The plots are a bit far-fetched, but no more so than other popular mystery series such as those by R. L. Stine. The competent writing is suitable to the genre and will appeal to older reluctant readers. Characterization is strong enough to create interest in each of the main characters. The dance terms and ballet-centric subplots give the series special appeal to balletomanes, but they don't so overwhelm the story lines that they will restrict the audience.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library

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