IL: MG - BL: 5.8 - AR Pts: 6
In the spring of 1991, a Russianballerina dreams of leaving Leningrad -- forever. A member of the Kirov Ballet Corps, Tatiana hopes to be chosen for the troupe's Paris tour. Once there, she will try to escape the watchful eye of KGB agents, defect to France, and leave the complicated politics of the Soviet Union behind. But like ballet, leaving is harder than it looks. Tatiana becomes entangled in her country's struggle for democracy, and her dream of a better life in Paris is soon challenged by hope for her country's future. Tatiana must make a choice, and there will be no turning back. This companion novel to National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan's breathtaking epics angel on the square, the impossible journey, and burying the sun offers a riveting portrait of a nation, and a young woman, on the brink of spectacular change.
Level 5.8, 6 Points
Level 5.8, 6 Points
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|detailed_location_school||Westmeade Elementary - Kids Fiction|
|display_description||In the months leading up to the August 1991 coup attempt that resulted in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, a young dancer with the Kirov Ballet struggles to decide whether to defect while on an upcoming trip to Paris.|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000560068|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|HarperCollins,|c2006.|213 p. : 19 cm.|
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|subject_facet||Ballet dancing -- Fiction, Conduct of life -- Fiction, Defectors. -- Fiction, Kirov Ballet Company -- Fiction, Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction, Soviet Union -- History. -- Attempted coup, 1991. -- Fiction|
|title_full||The turning / Gloria Whelan|
|topic_facet||Ballet dancing, Conduct of life, Defectors, History|