Silver Shoes - Lights, Camera, Dance! by Samantha Ellen Bound
Published by Penguin Australia Random House
This is a story for those who love to leap, sway and manoeuvre themselves to music. Lights, Camera, Dance is the sixth book in the Silver Shoes series. The series centres around Ash and her three friends who belong to the same dance school (Silver Shoes), but they all have a different preferred style – from ballet to hip-hop (with flava!).
In Lights, Camera, Dance, parents are kept to a few mentions only. Financially, things in Ash’s house are tight and her parents are too busy working to step into the page. Ash is so passionate about dancing that she resourcefully finds independent ways to fund her dance classes.
When an agent visits the Silver Shoes Dance School scouting for dancers to be in a video clip - which just so happens to be for Ash’s favourite hip-hop, real life super-star artist ever - it brings out competition in more ways than one.
On top of practising, the anxiousness of catching the agent’s eye and the nerves when she does, Ash has to contend with rivals from another club. These girls aren’t just jealous, they’re mean and sneaky as well.
This story has the reader turning the pages, worried on Ash’s behalf for what the rival girls have planned next in an attempt to sabotage her efforts – if only there was a way the reader could alert Ash to the next thing!
One hopes rivals like these girls only exist in stories. If not, then let’s hope that anyone in Ash’s predicament has friends to remind them of their own abilities, that they give themselves credit and find strength of character to rise above the pettiness. After all, life is for dancing – isn’t it?!
An explanation of all things ‘Dancehall’ and a glossary of dancehall terms at the back of the book is a great reference for those who need it and a great comfort for those who don’t.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Samantha Ellen Bound
Illustrator: Sarah Kate Mitchell
Title: Silver Shoes – Lights, Camera, Dance!
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Published: October 2015