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Listen to the Nightingale

Rumer Godden

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (Children's / Teenage), General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

Rumer Godden's enchanting classic about a girl who overcomes the odds to become a ballet dancer will thrill young readers.

Lottie's mother had been a promising ballet star who died young, leaving Lottie to be raised by Auntie, the wardrobe mistress at Madame Holbein's Theatre of Dance. When she passes the tough audition for the famous Royal Ballet School, Queen's Chase, everyone is thrilled - except Lottie. Now that she has to live at the school, what will become of her beloved dog Prince? To choose between the two is heart-breaking, but thanks to Prince, Lottie finds a new friend, a brilliant dancing role and a whole family. 'Listen to the nightingale,' Madame Holbein used to say, and Lottie finally comes to understand what she meant. This charming and vivid ballet fairytale will delight young and adult readers alike.

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Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden (1907-98) was the acclaimed author of over sixty works of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Born in England, she and her siblings grew up in Narayanganj, India, and she later spent many years living in Calcutta and Kashmir. Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus, The Greengage Summer and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir. She was appointed OBE in 1993.