Peter dances and plays basketball but his school friends know only his court skills--he conceals his ballet lessons, even from close buddy George. Then, winning a role in The Nutcracker makes a double life harder (he has to miss games for rehearsals) and his sister's icky friend spills the beans at school, leading to taunts of ""fairyland"" and an ugly snowball fight. Author Simon neatly shows how Peter deals with his ambivalence, finding support from the secure company director and, ultimately, his own father, and getting caught up in the backstage exuberance--enough to admit the thrill to himself and to a newly impressed George. She also makes the insiders' preoccupations--new toe shoes, makeup sessions, onstage flubs--quite accessible. A turning point of a different kind, somehwat overdetermined (a jolly, well-adjusted company) but otherwise true to life.