Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 5n/a4.421845
Marisol Luna is a lively 10-year-old girl who was born to dance. She's a fourth-grader who lives with her loving parents in a busy and largely Hispanic neighborhood in the heart of Chicago. Marisol goes to school (where she is a Two-Square champion) takes care of her cat, plays with the kids in her neighborhood, and takes dance lessons. Ballet folkl--rico (Mexican folkdance) is her favorite type of dance--and where she really shines--but she's been exposed to some jazz and a little tap. She's also taking ballet, but she's new to it and a little impatient with its rigors. Her attitude towards ballet changes only slightly when she meets a wonderful new neighbor. Miss Mendoza is a former Rockette who gently reminds Marisol that ballet is worth working hard at, because it's the basis for all serious dance. The upsetting news that her family is moving out to the suburbs is made worse when Marisol learns that the dance studio in her new neighborhood has closed. No tap, no ballet folkl--rico--not even ballet. She may have to take karate lessons! Instead, with the help of new friends, resourceful Marisol finds a way to keep dancing.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published on January 1, 2005 by American Girl
ISBN-10: 1584859725
ISBN-13: 9781584859727
1 Book Review
  • ValeriaMonday, March 11, 2013 at 8:01 amFeatured
    I think this book is amazing it is about this girl (Marisol Luna) she loves dancing but she's moving and where she is moving there is no dance teacher and she got called down to the pricipal's office and she thought that she was in trouble but she wasn't and when she got in the office the principal said "you are really moving" and Marisol said "yes" and then the principal said "you know we are going to miss our best student" and then when she left to her room she say her teacher and her friend Miss Mendoza which was Mr. Mendoza's child she liked dancing to (Mr.Mendoza and Miss Mendoza were the Luna family's upstair neighbors where she used to live) and they were throughing a party to say we'll miss you and then Miss Mendoza and Miss G (that is Marisol's teacher) and they started to dance. Then two men came in one of them had a madk and the other one didn't the one who didn't have one was Mr.Mendoza and the other person were dancing and the pretended they were old with canes and then the one without the mask pretended to fall (he auctally did fall but on prupose) and almost landed on Marisol's shoes. When they were done the children asked for him to take off his mask he said no then they asked again and then he took off his mask and it was Marisol's father. Then when the party was over they went home they left then their cat Rascal ran off then they faound him and went home to their house they were moving in. Just read it it is a good book.