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The Maddie Diaries: My Story

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Twelve-year-old Harper has been dancing practically since she learned to walk. She loves her dance studio and team, and just won her first ever top junior solo in a regional competition. But right before the school year starts, Harper’s parents drop a bombshell—the family has to relocate from their cozy town in Connecticut to sunny Florida for their jobs. That means saying goodbye to her friends, dance team, trips to see shows in NYC—and did she mentioned dance team? At DanceStarz studio, there was a group of three girls known as the Bunheads. Harper knew if they would accept her, life would be so much easier on this dance team, but the truth was, it was probably easier to swallow glass. Fortunately, with time the Bunheads realize that they have no choice but to work together as a true team. And yes, that included Harper. There was no other choice if they want to beat their rivals and formal teammates who had left DanceStarz for the rival team earlier in the year. Teen dance prodigy, breakout Dance Moms star, and judge on So You Think you Can Dance: The Next Generation, Maddie Ziegler presents her uplifting coming-of-age memoir about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life. Thanks to a chance conversation, Harper joins the school musical. Not only is this an opportunity to polish up her stage presence, but as the newbie at school, Harper is excited to make some more friends. I knew my mom got nervous for me too. I did appreciate my mom. Not only did she drive me to the studio practically every day, she had to do things like hot-glue thousands of rhinestones on competition costumes at the last minute and sew my hair into bizarre headpieces with feathers or things while I yelped in pain.

A fun and sparkly book about a girl who moves to a new place and finds a new dance studio, new friends, and new dance moves~I loved seeing the practises and also see the competition in the end. I was definitely smirking and laughing when the results were announced. Go girls!

Teen dance prodigy, breakout Dance Moms star , and judge on So You Think You Can The Next Generation presents her uplifting coming-of-age memoir about following her dreams and working hard to achieve success in both the dance world and in life. Something that was different in this book, and that enjoyed, was that Maddie Ziegler and Julia Rozines DeVillers used real dance terminology. They didn’t just say “she turned” or “she jumped.” They used “pirouettes” or “jetés.” Usually in dance books they don’t use terminology, so they don’t confuse the reader if the reader isn’t a dancer. It turns out that the closest dance studio to her new home, was DanceStarz. A very competitive dance studio that accepted her as a dancer, but not so much as a friend. It was difficult for Harper to make friends at DanceStarz because everyone was so competitive. But she did make a new friend who also on her dance team...Lily. And it is Lilly she who supports Harper the most, throughout this difficult time, along with her parents.All in all, I had plenty of fun reading this one. It is filled with friendship, fun, sparkles, and dancing. I will definitely have to see if I can find the other two books in the series. As long as they feature Harper as MC and haven’t switched to the other girls. Don’t get me wrong, I like the other girls, but I just want Harper the most as a MC. Harper was happy with her life in Connecticut. She was satisfied. But she had questions. Would she find another dance studio out in Florida? Would it be a great one like the one she was part of now? What if she couldn’t continue to dance? What about friends? She would have to leave the ones she had built a life with, but would the new kids in Florida let her in? Life seemed so uncertain now. I walk onto the stage, my toes pointed, my head held high. I get into my opening pose and the music begins. Five . . . six . . . seven . . . eight! As the story progresses we see that things are improving, slowly, with Megan and the other two girls. We do see that while Megan has a mean streak, she is actually quite nice. She just doesn’t show it a lot. I would recommend she does though. 😛 It is Trina who is the sweetest out of the trio and the one who is the most eager to just be friends with Harper. I was definitely happy that it wasn’t the whole story with Megan being a mean girl. I am not sure if I would have rated it this high if it was. For now it was tolerable + with the change in Megan the story only became better. Plus, they formed a front against those ubermeanies The Bells. Although I am a dancer and have taken dance (Ballet, Tap, and Hip-Hop), I could not relate. I found myself relating more to my cheerleading. It never did become possible to fit in. But it didn’t only remind me of cheer. The book is more than about dance. It’s so deep and unexpected. I enjoyed every second of it and was not able to put it down. I finished it in 3 days.

I really liked the personal touches throughout this book. There are small doodles from Maddie and pictures from her being a small child up until now. These were nice touches. The message throughout this whole book is pretty positive, and I think Maddie really shows her pride in being a positive role model for her peers. You can do it, Harper! Love you, Harper!” My new teammates are encouraging, but I know they’re questioning how this will go. This routine is nearly impossible! How could any twelve-year-old ever possibly pull this off? My adrenaline is racing.

I just LOVE dancing. Nothing too fancy, not professionally. Just on my own, with my own music and the quiet of my garden or my house. So I just couldn’t resist this book when I spotted it for a very lovely price at a book store (and in English even, gasp). Thank you to the @kidlitexchange for providing me with a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Ultimately, this was a nice read. I wanted something easy and chill for the weekend and this was it. I think deep down I had hoped for something juicier and more personal but yeah, I realize that's not what this book had intended to be.

The Competition is Maddie Ziegler's 3 and final book the audition trilogy and her 4th book overall. Maddie Ziegler me gusta mucho, creo que es una de las celebridades más genuinas que hay y ella como persona me gusta bastante. Igualmente, creo yo que como su fanbase o sus seguidores son demasiado jóvenes, una gran cantidad está entre los años 10 y 11, a veces se obliga a ser un poco más infantil para estar más con ellos. Ella y yo tenemos casi la misma edad, y este libros se sintió demasiado, demasiado infantil. Hay otros middle grade que aun siendo libros para el mismo demográfico no se sienten así. Como dije antes, este libro no estaba dirigido a mi edad, pero aun así creo que fue demasiado, no se si me estoy dando a entender bien. The Audition by Maddie Ziegler takes readers inside the world of competitive dance, revealing the stamina, athleticism, creativity and more required to stand out. Dancers often start out when they are very young, and they learn multiple styles even though they may excel at one. The world is very familiar to author Ziegler, who is an award-winning professional dancer and who starred on Lifetime’s Dance Moms for six seasons. Oh, no!” My eight-year-old sister, Hailey, dramatically fake-gasped and pointed at me from the couch across from me. “It’s the apocalypse! Harper has . . . wispies!”I'm not flunking English," I said, slimming my yogurt down on the table. "And I'm not giving up my spot." In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put in to her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way - starring in music videos, going on tour and becoming an actress in The Book of Henry, with Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay. She also answers her fans' burning questions with wise advice she's learned on her journey.

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