Calhoun, Dia. The Phoenix Dance.

Author:Winship, Michele
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

CALHOUN, Dia. The Phoenix Dance. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 272p. c2005. 0-474-35910-5. $17.00. JS

Calhoun shows her skill in reinterpreting fairy tales with a modern sensibility. Phoenix Dance is a young woman who lives in a kingdom torn by politics where discontented citizens act out against the power of the monarchy. Phoenix, however, wants nothing more than to apprentice to the royal shoemaker and develop her skill in making beautiful shoes, putting her at odds with her best friend Rora. She is pulled into the drama of the royal household when she is brought in to find out how the 12 princesses wear out their shoes night after night only to waste away more each day. Phoenix uncovers their secret, but finds herself drawn into the spell that keeps them dancing in a frenzy until the dawn breaks. She battles magic far beyond what she had ever expected to face.

Phoenix's greater challenge, however, is to struggle with her own mood swings that send her soaring her into manic...

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