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This wasn't my favorite Drina book. It was actually kind of boring and formulaic (not that most kids books AREN'T formulaic; I should also point out that I'm reading this as an adult, so maybe it's not so boring and formulaic to its intended audience). The only moderately redeeming part is (view spoiler)[at the end, when it starts to be known that Drina is the famous Elizabeth Ivory's daughter (hide spoiler)].
I had not read the Drina books since I was a child and I recently re-read them all. I read the first 5 as a child and then as a teen I hunted down the final 6 once I realized they existed. I am happy to say that for the most part they hold up to the test of time. They are very much in the style of British school stories but I quite like those. I think the whole series is definitely worth the effort it takes to hunt them down.
I've started working my way through the Drina books over the last month or so. I've owned #2 since I was six or seven, and I think I must have found #1 at a library at some point in my childhood; it was very familiar. But I'd never gotten my hands on the rest of the 11-book series, and I always wondered what exactly happened to everyone.I mean, obviously, Drina grows up to be a wildly successful ballerina. I could have told you that even before I learned that book 11 is called "Drina Ballerina."...
I always find myself waffling between the first book and this one, but I think this might be my favorite of the original five. Part of it is simply the way the book flows from one section to the other - Drina the actress to Drina to dancer - but I also feel like the character grows the most in this volume. I think it might also be the fact that I can picture her experiences more clearly, since she spends so much time dancing in "The Nutcracker," which is the only ballet I've actually seen live.
Drina returns from Italy to dance at the Dominick once more, but is sidelined with an injury. She is offered a significant part in the James Barrie play, _Dear Brutus_, and (big surprise!) discovers she has a talent for acting. Eventually she is able to return to her first love (and play Clara at the Edinburgh festival). I love most of the books in this series--I think it is the best ballet series written for children (remembering that the inimitable _Ballet Shoes_ was not really part of a serie...
Another of my most beloved from this series. :) I love ballet stories, and love stage stories - and this one takes my beloved Drina-ballerina and puts her on the West End, in a straight play! Totally awesome.
I loved this series when I was younger, and when I had the chance to get some of these books through bookcrossing, I couldn't resist.
I thought there were only 5 books in this series, but looking at the search results, it appears that Drina went on to dance in a number of other countries for about 6 more books...
This is the book where things really start to come together for Drina. Despite spraining her ankle at the start of term, she uses the time to act in one of her favourite plays and enjoys dancing the role of little Clara in The Nutcracker with the company in Edinburgh. However, Mr Dominick and Madame Volonaise discover her secret and a broken down car causes a great deal of stress.
Oh how I love going back to this. It's probably a little immature of me but sometimes I really need this world of Drina's where every accident is a blessing in disguise. This book will always be special because of the Nutcracker.
see review of book #1
Read this series in JR High and simply LOVED them! I need to track these down.....