Although not the star pupil at Anna Pavlova Academy like her older sister Michaela, high-school freshman Katya "Katie" Wilder is accustomed to the ballet school's cutthroat atmosphere, as well as to the constant lights, noise and people of New York City, where she has lived her entire life.
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"Told in a first-person voice that is both sardonic and sincere, Friedman's novel succeeds in bringing forth some common issues that challenge any immigrant American child who must straddle separate ways of life while striving for that true-blue American image. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
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