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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Meyer Narrator: Carine Montbertrand Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781428199361
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Marie van Goethem, a fourteen-year-old ballet dancer in the famed Paris Opéra, has led a life of hardship and poverty. For her, dancing is the only joy to counter the pain inflicted by hunger, her mother’s drinking, and her selfish older sister. But when famed artist Edgar Degas demands Marie’s presence in his studio, it appears that her life will be transformed: He will pay her to pose for a new sculpture, and he promises to make her a star.

As Marie patiently stands before Mr. Degas each week, she dreams about supporting her family without being corrupted like most young dancers. She dreams about a life as a ballerina on the stage of the Opéra. And she dreams about being with her true love.

In this deeply moving, historically based account, Carolyn Meyer examines the life of the model for Edgar Degas’s most famous sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/18/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. It was very inspiring the way Marie gave up her hopes,dream,and love of her life to keep her promise to her dead father, and look after her family. I truley believe there are very little people who would sacrifice so much for people who cared so little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 2/8/2014

    " I love this book. It gives an insight on a piece of history that no one knows a lot about. Degas was always my favorite artist and this book brought his work to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 2/4/2014

    " An interesting story inspired by a beautiful work of art that really brings an interesting era in Paris to life. The ending is satisfying without being perfectly happy for all characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 1/24/2014

    " Awesome story! It was a true story about the dancer that posed for Edward Degas's statue "little dancer" It was crazy to hear how poor she was and everything. Very educational and interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~nina Nena~ | 1/21/2014

    " this is a really good book with a little suspition but at the same time very sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madalyn | 1/21/2014

    " Man, I really hate books that have endings where the lovers can't be together! This is the only thing that stopping me from adding it to my all-time favorites list. this is a wonderfully awful book about the model for Degas's statuette 'Little Dancer, aged fourteen' Marie and her fight to keep her family together in the servival of the fittest world of France, 19th century. The True life of dancers then, just how Degas was trying to show it with his gorgeous little statue. I'm excited to read more by Carolyn Meyer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McKenna | 1/18/2014

    " i dont do ballet but i was a really good book peeking into the past and seeing what happened "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/30/2013

    " I learned to appreciate my mother, my life, and dance and drawings. I used to dance for what seemed like eternity, and was sad when i quit, but felt it was time for something new. Marie gave me a different approach to life and a netter interpretation of its meaning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheri | 12/2/2013

    " Thought I might like it at first, but her conditions never improved, she was kind of stupid, and she got with the wrong guy. I finished it thinking, "WOW that was a waste of time." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylie | 11/19/2013

    " I really really loved this book! Carolyn Meyer is a historical fiction master! Her books are thoroughly researched and very interesting. She makes the characters so real I feel like I know them. I will be reading many more books by her in the future. A great, light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Snorkle | 10/31/2013

    " I was not impressed. It was lacking a certain something, and because of that, it just wasn't very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie Zimbalist | 10/20/2013

    " I read this book in one night, it was amazing. If you are currently taking ballet this is an amazing choice. It's about a girl in the Paris Opera in the 1890's. Even if you aren't taking dance this is still a book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 8/7/2013

    " I was good to a point, but the ending was rather random, and in my opinion, quite a bit disappointing. I hate it when things don't turn out as they should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2013

    " Historical fiction centered around the ballerina who posed for Degat's Little Dancer sculpture. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 10/25/2012

    " Marie never gets to be ballerina. I never thought that would affect me so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanna | 8/17/2012

    " I LOVE this book. It is on one of the subjects that I LOVE reading about... BALLET!!! I have probably read it more than 10 times since I got it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittney Young | 8/5/2012

    " Marie, Dancing, was a sad book about a dancer that had to survive with very little and not become her sister! I really liked this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 2/19/2012

    " This book was quite interesting and sad. I've never read anything about the life of ballet dancers, so I found it intriguing to learn about how hard they worked and for such a small reward. Apparently life was very hard in Paris during the last 1800's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ella | 10/19/2011

    " The end was super depressing and made me sad though I enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/25/2011

    " Great book for us performing arts kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parisa | 7/19/2011

    " Oh, God, this was such a gorgeous book. I am a dancer myself, and I feel that Carolyn Meyer really quenched my thirst for a little ballet. It is especially wonderful if you enjoy the book with a little light, classical music in the back round. Gorgeous, gorgeous book. MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polka-pearl | 6/23/2011

    " It was pretty much just describing the tragic life of this dancer. In my opinion, the book was well-written, but the idea was terrible --- I feel like dancers have now been called hopeless and poor (and sluts), and since I do ballet, I am not acting very positively toward the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/17/2011

    " a very sad yet very good book not going to spoil it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sanna | 6/1/2011

    " I LOVE this book. It is on one of the subjects that I LOVE reading about... BALLET!!! I have probably read it more than 10 times since I got it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 11/10/2010

    " I read this book in one night, it was amazing. If you are currently taking ballet this is an amazing choice. It's about a girl in the Paris Opera in the 1890's. Even if you aren't taking dance this is still a book to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 10/3/2010

    " Reading about how horrible her life was made me depressed. If the sculpture had lifted her up, that was one thing, but it didn't. It didn't matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn | 6/22/2010

    " Really well-writted - I guess the only reason I only "liked" it was because of the darkness - which is only to be expected, based on Marie's horrible living conditions throughout most of the book. It reminded me a lot of The Girl With the Pearl Earrings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 5/10/2010

    " An interesting story inspired by a beautiful work of art that really brings an interesting era in Paris to life. The ending is satisfying without being perfectly happy for all characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigha | 3/6/2010

    " I finished this book. While it was an okay and sometimes interesting story, it was too "wordy" the writer used too many ballet terms a non ballet person wouldn't understand. It distracted from the story a lot.

    I found the end far too rushed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parisa | 2/11/2010

    " Oh, God, this was such a gorgeous book. I am a dancer myself, and I feel that Carolyn Meyer really quenched my thirst for a little ballet. It is especially wonderful if you enjoy the book with a little light, classical music in the back round. Gorgeous, gorgeous book. MUST READ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 12/15/2009

    " I absolutely loved this book. It was very inspiring the way Marie gave up her hopes,dream,and love of her life to keep her promise to her dead father, and look after her family. I truley believe there are very little people who would sacrifice so much for people who cared so little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/8/2009

    " Marie never gets to be ballerina. I never thought that would affect me so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 9/27/2009

    " I learned to appreciate my mother, my life, and dance and drawings. I used to dance for what seemed like eternity, and was sad when i quit, but felt it was time for something new. Marie gave me a different approach to life and a netter interpretation of its meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 6/27/2009

    " good book.
    i liked it a lot "

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About the Author
Author Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Meyer is the author of more than forty books for middle school and young adult readers, including Isabel, Jewel of Castilla for the Royal Diaries series. Where the Broken Heart Still Beats, White Lilacs, Drummers of Jericho, Gideon’s People, and Jubilee Journey were all named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Her novel, Mary, Bloody Mary, was named a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.

About the Narrator

Carine Montbertrand is an award-winning narrator of dozens of audiobooks. When she first started working in the 1990s, she sounded younger than her years and specialized in children’s and young adult titles. Since then she has expanded to fiction for adults and has recorded everything from murder mysteries to fantasy and inspirational titles. She is adept with dialects and accents, voicing characters from countries around the world. She also specializes in English language titles with a French flavor, as she is half French. With her audiobooks, she has the opportunity to tell wonderful stories while finding voices for men, women, children, and sometimes ghosts and extraterrestrials.