DANCING SHOES by Noel Streatfeild


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I'm afraid the pattern is growing thin after Ballet Shoes, Movie Shoes, Theatre Shoes, etc. Aunt Cora Wintle, who runs a training school for dancers in North London, deigned to take in her niece, Rachel, and Rachel's adopted sister, Hilary, when they were orphaned. Rachel longed to have Hilary become a ballerina and was disappointed when Aunt Cora made every effort to train Hilary to become a troupe dancer with her own act, the Wintle Wonders. Further discord was injected by Dulcie, Aunt Cora's only child, self-centered, calculating, ambitious. Finally, Rachel, all along considered the ugly duckling, wins for herself a role in a film, and recognizes the fact that Hilary does not share her aspirations for dancing as a pure art. Despite sentient portrayals of Aunt Cora and her partner, the plot thread somehow fails to cohere.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1958
ISBN: 0679854282
Publisher: Random House