Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Publishing Date: 26.04.2015 (re-release)
Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk
Synopsis: Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton’s only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good.
The story is straight on point and the characters are painted in a matter-of-factly way. Its narrative is fresh and to the point, but at times it is a bit messy as it keep switching point of views. In the book there’s a lot of ballet terminology and it describes the ballet culture well, so it is easy to assume that this is book will be treasured by ballet enthusiastic teens. Also the story paints a rather realistic picture of pre-war modern era.
Another negative point to make about this book is that the chapters are terribly long, and the long chapters have few natural “stop points.”The main character is a curios girl, Harriet, who grew up in a home without love or laughter. Her father is a strict professor and she is more or less raised by her aunt after her mother’s death. And it is interesting to see Harriet leave her overprotective home in England and run away with a Ballet de Corpse into the Amazon.