Life with Uncle Cecil is no fun but the children are determined that Anna should be a ballerina, as their dancing-teacher grandfather had wished. Despite Uncle Cecil's opposition to dancing, Anna's brothers secretly battle to raise the money for lessons to set Anna on the path to stardom.
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For Anna, everything takes second place to her burning desire to dance. Even the earthquake that destroyed her Turkish home has not made her think differently, only now she's stuck in a prim suburban household with an uncle who "doesn't approve" of dancing.
What can Anna do? Not only is there no one to give her lessons, but there's no money for them either, and, anyway, dancing's forbidden. Will she ever become the ballerina she longs to be?
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006711146